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April 9, 1938

Health Insurance: The Next Step in Social Security

JAMA. 1938;110(15):1220. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790150066033

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Abstract

From the first two paragraphs in the preface to the end of this work, Mr. Reed indulges in propaganda on behalf of compulsory insurance. He admits frankly that he is a propagandist and he apparently is influenced to modify the material if it fails to fit the propaganda. When he says that the "medical profession had taken an adamantine position in defense of the status quo" he is stating an untruth and he is making propaganda. The author admits frankly that there is little originality in his work and that most of it is the outcome of his association with the Committee on the Costs of Medical Care, including I. S. Falk, Harry Moore, Nathan Sinai and some of the others. Abraham Epstein has set him right on several points and Michael Davis has given him counsel and encouragement. From this array of alleged authorities in the field of medicine—not

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