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December 8, 1945


JAMA. 1945;129(15):1031-1034. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860490043014

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Washington Letter  (From a Special Correspondent)Dec. 3, 1945.

Opposition to Truman Health Plan  Senator Robert A. Taft, Republican of Ohio, has disputed President Truman's denial that his $3,000,000,000 a year health insurance program was not "socialized medicine." The District of Columbia Medical Society, through Dr. William Earl Clark, president, commented: "As President Truman has very well stated, there is nothing essentially new about his compulsory health insurance plan. The medical profession, like the President, believes in spreading costs of medical care by means of prepayment. It wants the people of this country to have the best medicine has to offer. Where it differs from him is that, in its opinion, this can best be accomplished through the voluntary system, which it believes is the American way of life."

Hospitals Get Priorities on Penicillin  The Civilian Production Administration, successor to the WPB, has given civilian hospitals, veterans' hospitals and the

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