March 9, 1944

Medical Community Fights Back
NEW YORK, N.Y.—The National Physicians Committee claims the provisions of the Wagner-Murray-Dingell bill would amount to socialized medicine controlled by the federal government. The bill would amend the Social Security act and implement a six per cent paycheck deduction to cover the costs of government-run medical programs. The physicians committee released the results of a survey that showed only sixteen per cent of Americans favor government-run medicine. However, sixty-three per cent of Americans favor some type of comprehensive health insurance. Thusly, the National Physicians Committee is calling for national health insurance, but not a plan run by the government. John M. Pratt, an administrator for the committee from Chicago, stated there are currently thousands of successful prepayment and hospitalization programs in operation that are not run by the government.

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