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August 19, 1939


JAMA. 1939;113(8):685-688. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800330051017

THE NATIONAL HEALTH PROGRAM  DIGEST OF THE PRELIMINARY REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR, SUBMITTED BY SENATOR MURRAYIn submitting its preliminary report (Senate Report No. 1139, 76th Congress, 1st Session) the subcommittee of the Committee on Education and Labor points out that it is in agreement with the general purpose and objectives of the Wagner bill, S-1620, establishing a National Health Program; it wishes, however, to give this legislation additional study and to consult further with representatives of lay organizations and of the professions concerned.The subcommittee states that it intends to report out an amended bill at the next session of Congress.

I. Need for a National Health Program  The preliminary report states that this bill is the result of several years of preparatory study and discussion and that it grew out of the movement which led to the Social Security Act of 1935, followed by