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|The following news article was printed on July 19, 1945 in the Reno Evening Gazette, Page 10
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Kaiser Favors Medical Program
Prepaid Care Plan Supported
San Francisco. July 19 (AP)
--Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser today revealed his support of a program for nation-wide voluntary prepaid medical care.
Kaiser said he has prepared a bill for introduction in congress by Sen. Claude Pepper (D-Fla) permitting the
establishment of group medical facilities through the federal housing agency. It is planned to file the measure
as an amendment to the national housing act.
The bill is an outgrowth of Kaiser's experience in providing group health insurance to 125,000 employees
monthly through the Kaiser Permanente foundation.
"The FHA has had a very successful experience in insuring home loans...why not for insuring health homes"
Kaiser asked "This is not socialised medicine in the sense of a social experiment... but provides a method for
stabilizing and rationalizing the economics of medical practice within the system of free private enterprise."
His proposed measure would: (1) guarantee local bank loans to groups interested in setting up facilities for
prepaid medical care, (2) provice technical assistance to the FHA by the U.S. public health service in determining
the need and likelihood of success of such individual projects, (3) put limitations on the FHA administrator, barring
him from any supervision or control over the facilities except where specifically provided by law, and (4) give
preference to use of existing private or public facilities.
Kaiser conferred recently with Sens Pepper Murray (D-Mont), Hill (D-Ala) and Taft (R-Ohio) as a senate
subcommittee session and said "their questions indicated they had no serious objections to the plan."
In a later letter to Sen. Pepper, Kaiser wrote, "the practice of preventive medicine is assured by providing
the doctors with a regular income which compensates them for keeping their subscribers healthy rather
than for treatment of illness."
The construction wizard said he was "deadly serious" in an effort to provide a public health measure that
not only would encourage maximum initiative on the part of the medical profession and keep interference by
government agencies at a minimum.