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March 19, 1949

THE TOWN MEETING DISCUSSION OF COMPULSORY SICKNESS INSURANCE

JAMA. 1949;139(12):804. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02900290050020

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  If the public had any impression that Mr. Ewing and the proponents of compulsory sickness insurance are waging a clean fight based on sound fact, the recent debate at the Town Meeting of the Air, in Town Hall, New York, should dispel such naive thinking. The attack is now concentrated on the profession of America as represented by the American Medical Association and the 85 per cent of American physicians who are determined to save the American people from the catastrophe of federalized control of the private practice of medicine.The Utopian promises are made of free medicine (of course of the highest order!), plenty of doctors, plenty of nurses, hospitals and equipment, accelerated research in a dreamland free from disease, human error and suffering, all for 75 cents a week per person. The American Medical Association was charged with hiding behind an "Iron Curtain" through which

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