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June 8, 1957


JAMA. 1957;164(6):691. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980060067017

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To the Editor:—  The drive to nationalize medicine is gathering strength and advocates. On Jan. 25, 1957, James E. Murray introduced bill S. 844 to provide a program for national health insurance and for other purposes—a bill direct and at the same time vague enough to have wide appeal to those who believe that all services should be on a fee basis, except medicine. Actually, the plan is a rehash of the Wagner-MurrayDingell theme with some new lyrics. The promises of a medical utopia are all present. This in spite of 50-plus hearings on similar bills over the last 14 years, during which competent witness literally tore apart the veil of validity.Make no mistake. The bill as introduced will have wide support. No one, least of all the medical profession, will deny that the cost of medical and hospital care is on the rise. So indeed is the cost

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