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November 15, 1952


JAMA. 1952;150(11):1120. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680110060015

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Labor unions have been very active in politics this fall, as in all recent election years. Their right to get out the vote among their members and to support the political platform in which they believe is respected even though one program that many union leaders advocate is national compulsory health insurance. One aspect of their support for compulsory health insurance, however, is deeply disturbing. This is the frequent misuse of statistics and the use of garbled reports and, at times, outright lies. It seems unnecessary to resort to trickery and falsehood if one has a good case to present to the voters. Sincere and honest labor leaders should be equally concerned about misrepresentations in their publications.

Labor writers do not necessarily originate the false and misleading statements about health and medicine that they sometimes use. Many of them come from publications and speeches prepared by the Federal Security Agency

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