Healthcare crisis dates back 50 years

Aug. 10, 2003 at 8:33 PM
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LAWRENCE, Kan., Aug. 10 (UPI) -- When it comes to national health-care woes, not much has changed over the past 50 years, the discovery of an old letter has demonstrated.

Susan Pogany has a letter from 1949 written by President Harry S. Truman to his grandfather, Sam Roberts, who was the ear, nose and throat specialist for Truman's family.

In the letter obtained by the Lawrence Journal-World, Truman complained about health insurance and called for a "remedy."

"When it comes to the point where a man getting $2400.00 a year has to pay $500.00 for prenatal care and then an additional hospital bill on top of that there is something wrong with the system," Truman wrote.

"I'd suggest you Doctors had better be hunting for a remedy yourselves unless you want a drastic one," the president said.

Truman supported a national health insurance system, the newspaper said. But he was opposed by Republicans as well as the medical community.

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