National Affairs: The Moon & Sixpence

With disarming casualness, President Truman sent up to Capitol Hill one day last week what was potentially one of the hottest political and economic issues Congress has ever had to handle. The President asked Congress to enact a compulsory health-insurance program for most U.S. citizens. Said the President in a special message: "To see that our people actually enjoy the good health that medical science knows how to provide is one of the great challenges to our democracy."

The challenge was there all right; the question was how wisely the President had proposed to meet it. The essentials of the Truman...

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