1948 November 16

“Thought Control in Medicine” Denounced


Dr. George Cannon, national secretary of Physicians Forum, denounced the growing “thought control” in the medical profession in the debate over national health insurance. He accused leaders in the American Medical Association of falsely attacking national health insurance as “Communist-inspired,” which had the effect of stifling public debate over health care policy.

The battle over a national health care system continued for decades until passage of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) in 2010, and even then the act continued to be attacked by conservatives as a threat to American freedom.

Learn more: Paul Starr, Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle Over Health Care Reform (2010)

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