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August 9, 1947


JAMA. 1947;134(15):1240-1241. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880320030009

In a report1 to the House of Representatives it is charged that certain government agencies are using public funds in an improper manner for propaganda activities in support of a program of national compulsory health insurance. The agencies listed are the U. S. Public Health Service, Children's Bureau, Office of Education, U. S. Employment Service, Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Research and Statistics of the Social Security Board.

On Dec. 10, 1945 the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service, Dr. Thomas Parran, wrote to all field men and staff operatorsof the Public Health Service throughout the country referring to the President's message to Congress, which urged enactment of a national health program. In this letter2 Dr. Parran said "Every officer of the Public Health Service will wish to familiarize himself with the President's message and will be guided by its provision when making any public

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