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January 10, 1948


JAMA. 1948;136(2):113-119. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890190041012

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A CABINET DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION AND SECURITY  GERHARD HIRSCHFELD Director of the Research Council for Economic Security and E. M. WOOD Research Assistant ChicagoOvershadowed by more spectacular legislation, the proposal to create a cabinet department to administer the health, education, public welfare and social security functions of the federal government has received little attention. A bill for this purpose, S. 140, was introduced early in the 80th Congress by Senators Fulbright and Taft. The proposal is in line with the steady increase in federal participation in fields which have in the past been largely the concern of state and local agencies. The bill in itself adds no new federal functions and grants no new authority, but it would add prestige to existing functions by giving them status in the highest level of government: the President's cabinet. In this connection it may have great potential significance.

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