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March 17, 1917

Compulsory Health Insurance

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(11):865-866. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270030197027

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To the Editor:  —In reply to numerous requests from medical correspondents throughout the country regarding the merits of the present propaganda for compulsory health insurance, the following statement has been prepared, which may be of interest to the medical profession at large:1. As regards the point of view of organized labor, it is asserted by Prof. Irving Fisher, president of the American Association for Labor Legislation, which is primarily responsible for the present propaganda, that "the greater part of labor men and labor organizations who have seriously studied the subject have favored health insurance." (Newark Evening News, Jan. 15, 1917.) In flat contradiction to this statement is the strong opposition of the American Federation of Labor, as presented in convincing arguments by its president, Mr. Samuel Gompers, by a unanimous resolution of the executive committee adopted by the last annual convention of the federation, and the conclusions advanced by

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