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In 1914, reformers sought to involve physicians in formulating this bill and the American Medical Association (AMA) actually supported the leadership denied it had ever favored the measure.
Meanwhile the president of the American Federation of Labor repeatedly denounced compulsory health insurance as an unnecessary paternalistic reform that would create a system of state supervision over people’s health.
But since this would have pulled the rug out from under the multi-million dollar commercial life insurance industry, they opposed the national health insurance proposal. The government-commissioned articles denouncing “German socialist insurance” and opponents of health insurance assailed it as a “Prussian menace” inconsistent with American values.
Other efforts during this time in California, namely the California Social Insurance Commission, recommended health insurance, proposed enabling legislation in 1917, and then held a referendum.
What was the doing during this period of the late 1800’s to 1912?
They used insurance against the cost of sickness as a way of “turning benevolence to power”.In addition, the inclusion of the funeral benefit was a tactical error since it threatened the gigantic structure of the commercial life insurance industry.