The Tyranny of Labels

Seham, Max
February 1955
New Republic;2/28/55, Vol. 132 Issue 9, p13
The article presents information on economic and political conditions of the U.S. By placing the health of the people in the hands of the commercial insurance companies, the Administration's plan. does not provide for social health insurance in any accepted meaning of the term. Premiums still would be too high for those who need protection most. Insurance company representatives were invited to the White House and handed the program with luncheon. New and Fair Dealers in the House arid Senate offered no active opposition. The House Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce reported the bill with no important changes. The House Rules Committee approved it unanimously. Then came a stunning bipartisan defeat: 238 to 134, 75 Republicans joining 163 Democrats to kill it.


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