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June 30, 1945


JAMA. 1945;128(9):667-668. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860260041017

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In the Organization Section in this issue of The Journal appears a second communication from Senator Wagner, commenting on the editorial and the condensation of his bill which appeared in The Journal, June 2. Because Senator Wagner occupies a position of importance in the legislative machinery of the United States government and because he has been persistent in his endeavor to force upon the American people a federal system of compulsory sickness insurance, The Journal prints in toto his comments on its editorial. Interpolated in his longer communication are a number of simple replies to the points that he raises. The Wagner-Murray-Dingell bill—1945 version—is 185 pages long. It is simply impossible, with the space available, to make the detailed line-by-line analysis of this proposal that will be necessary should it ever come to public hearings.

Almost coincidental with the introduction of this measure came another bill—Senate bill 380—developed by Senators

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