Harry S. Truman: Special Message to the Congress Recommending a Comprehensive Health Program

(1945)

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On November 19, 1945, President Harry S. Truman sent his Special Message to the Congress Recommending a Comprehensive Health Program, in which he proposed a dramatic expansion of the federal government's role in the nation's health care system. A major goal of the plan was to ensure that all communities—small or large, rich or poor—had access to doctors and hospitals. He emphasized that such measures were urgently needed, pointing out that some 1,200 counties, representing 40 percent of...