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May 7, 1949

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JAMA. 1949;140(1):114-119. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02900360116014

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Abstract

STATEMENT ON TRUMAN HEALTH PLAN  Following is the text of the statement by Dr. Elmer L. Henderson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association, on President Truman's proposed national compulsory health insurance program:President Truman's special message, asking enactment of a national compulsory health insurance program, deserves most careful scrutiny by Congress and by the American people, whose health would be seriously endangered if this Old World scourge is allowed to spread to our New World.There is neither hope nor promise of progress in this system of regimented medical care. It is the discredited system of decadent nations which are now living off the bounty of the American people—and if adopted here it would not only jeopardize the health of our people but would gravely endanger our freedom. It is one of the final, irrevocable steps toward state socialism—and every American should

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