Whence Medicare?

Edward R. Annis, MD
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Spring 1997
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Dear Dr. Faria,

I do enjoy and benefit from reading the Medical Sentinel — cover to cover. Congratulations!

And thank you for your efforts to expand the readership of Code Blue. I still believe that it properly and accurately records the historical data showing the gradual permeation of the socializers. Even today,  Ted Kennedy points to recent questionable legislation as a door opening factor toward an ultimately planned for government single payer plan. The battle continues!

Many physicians, especially younger members of the profession, have no knowledge of the vigorous debate during the early sixties. The principles underlying our opposition to Medicare have not changed. Unfortunately, many are limited in their knowledge to what they have gained from the public media.

As a dues paying member of AAPS and as one who served as one of many spokesmen for the AMA, I continue to hope for greater mutual understanding and respect for and by members of both organizations. A little authentic history might help.*

Edward R. Annis, MD
Miami Shores, FL

[* See Dr. Annis’ article entitled, “Reflections on King-Anderson” in the Spring 1997 issue. Editor.]


Originally published in the Medical Sentinel 1997;2(2):42. Copyright ©1997Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).

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