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May 19, 1917


JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(20):1500-1501. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270050202025

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To the Editor:  —We oppose the "standard bill" for compulsory health insurance:1. Because it is un-American. Americanism means that the individual amounts to something; paternalism, that the individual is nonimportant but that the state is all important. Even a beneficent paternalism is harmful because it destroys individualism and discourages thrift.2. Because it is not demanded by the employees, the employers, or by the physicians who will be compelled to work under its provisions. On the contrary, the employees as represented by organized labor; the employers as represented by the National Association of Manufacturers, the Real Estate Owners Association, the New York Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Trade and Transportation, and others; a combination of both employees and employers as represented by the National Civic Federation; the physicians as represented by the largest and about twenty other county medical societies in this state and the New York State

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