Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

President Truman’s Fight for National Health Insurance, 1949-1953

Documents

1945

January

Letter from Murray W. Latimer to President Franklin D. Roosevelt
       January 19, 1945    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

November

Telegram, George F. Addes to President Harry S. Truman
       November 5, 1945    View (1 page)    |    (PDF)

Telegram, Thurgood Marshall to President Harry S. Truman, with Reply from William Hassett
       November 14, 1945    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Letter from I. Duke Avnet to President Harry S. Truman, with Reply from William Hassett
       November 15, 1945    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

File Memo
       November 19, 1945    View (1 page)    |    (PDF)

Letter from Charles Herbert Church to President Harry S. Truman, with a Reply from William Hassett
       November 20, 1945    View (5 pages)    |    (PDF)

Correspondence Between President Harry S. Truman and Ambassador John G. Winant
       November 20, 1945    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Letter from F. C. LeBlond to President Harry S. Truman
       November 27, 1945    View (1 page)    |    (PDF)

December

Memorandum from Dr. Thomas Parran to William Hassett, with Attachments
       December 11, 1945    View (13 pages)    |    (PDF)

1946

January

Letter from W. I. Sargent to President Harry S. Truman
       January 4, 1946    View (1 page)    |    (PDF)

March

Correspondence Between President Harry S. Truman and Senator James Murray
       March 14, 1946    View (5 pages)    |    (PDF)

1947

The National Health Insurance Act, 1947, Summary of Provisions
       ca. 1947    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

Memorandum, "Public Health"
       ca. 1947    View (4 pages)    |    (PDF)

Memorandum, "Facts about S. 545 (The Taft-Ball-Smith-Donnell Health Bill)"
       ca. 1947    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

April

Health Insurance Fact Sheet
       April 28, 1947    View (26 pages)    |    (PDF)

May

Draft of Message to Congress
       May 7, 1947    View (5 pages)    |    (PDF)

Memorandum from Clark M. Clifford to President Harry S. Truman
       May 10, 1947    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Letter from Senator James E. Murray to Senator J. Howard McGrath, with Attachment
       May 14, 1947    View (4 pages)    |    (PDF)

Correspondence Between Ernst P. Boas and Senator J. Howard McGrath
       May 20, 1947    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Message from the National Physicians Committee
       May 31, 1947    View (7 pages)    |    (PDF)

July

Correspondence Between President Harry S. Truman and Lewis Moorman
       July 7, 1947    View (5 pages)    |    (PDF)

Press Release, Statement of Senator Robert A. Wagner
       July 11, 1947    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

November

Correspondence Between Charles G. Ross and Paul B. Magnuson, with Attachment
       November 11, 1947    View (4 pages)    |    (PDF)

1948

April

Handwritten Notes by President Harry S. Truman for Speech to National Health Congress
       April 1, 1948    View (18 pages)    |    (PDF)

May

Letter from William C. Black to President Harry S. Truman, with Reply from Charles G. Ross
       May 27, 1948    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

October

Correspondence Between Clark M. Clifford and Mary Lasker, with Attachments
       October 19, 1948    View (9 pages)    |    (PDF)

1949

January

Letter from Armstead Brown to President Harry S. Truman, with Attachment, with Reply from William D. Hassett
       January 24, 1949    View (4 pages)    |    (PDF)

February

Letter from Ted McCastlain to President Harry S. Truman, with Attachment and Reply from William D. Hassett
       February 2, 1949    View (4 pages)    |    (PDF)

March

Press Release, Democratic National Committee
       March 20, 1949    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

April

Telegram from B.J. Palmer to President Harry S. Truman
       April 18, 1949    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Telegram from Ernest P. Boas to President Harry S. Truman, with a Reply from William D. Hassett
       April 22, 1949    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Correspondence Between Harry S. Truman and Albert D. Lasker
       April 23, 1949    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

May

Correspondence Between President Harry S. Truman and Harris B. McDowell, Jr., with Related Material
       May 5, 1949    View (4 pages)    |    (PDF)

Correspondence Between President Harry S. Truman to Oscar R. Ewing, with Attachment
       May 6, 1949    View (9 pages)    |    (PDF)

Correspondence Between Matthew J. Connelly and Charles S. Murphy, with Related Materials
       May 27, 1949    View (9 pages)    |    (PDF)

June

Resolution, Montana Association of Life Underwriters
       June 22, 1949    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

July

Letter from John L. Thurston to President Harry S. Truman, with Related Material
       July 29, 1949    View (5 pages)    |    (PDF)

August

Resolution of the Chester County, Pennsylvania Medical Society to President Harry S. Truman
       August 16, 1949    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

December

Press Release, Statement by Federal Security Administrator Oscar R. Ewing
       December 9, 1949    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Transcript of Columbia Broadcasting System Interview With Oscar Ewing and Dr. Charles Hill
       December 13, 1949    View (7 pages)    |    (PDF)

1950

January

Resolution, American Legion Auxiliary, Murray Unit #420 to President Harry S. Truman
       January 6, 1950    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Resolution, Northern Panhandle District Nurses Association of West Virginia to President Harry S. Truman
       January 7, 1950    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Statement by Federal Security Administrator Oscar R. Ewing
       January 17, 1950    View (4 pages)    |    (PDF)

Ralph Crist to Harry S. Truman, with Reply from William D. Hassett
       January 17, 1950    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

June

Memorandum from Stephen J. Spingarn to Oscar R. Ewing
       June 7, 1950    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Democratic National Committee "Capital Comment," Volume IV, Number 24
       June 24, 1950    View (4 pages)    |    (PDF)

Committee for the Nation’s Health, Bulletin #12
       June 30, 1950    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

July

Democratic National Committee "Capital Comment," Volume IV, Number 25
       July 1, 1950    View (4 pages)    |    (PDF)

Correspondence Between President Harry S. Truman and Congressman John Kee
       July 31, 1950    View (4 pages)    |    (PDF)

August

Memorandum from Stephen Spingarn to George Elsey and Ken Hechler
       August 24, 1950    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

October

Correspondence Between President Harry S. Truman and Congressman John D. Dingell
       October 12, 1950    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

November

Letter from John V. Connorton to Charles S. Murphy
       November 13, 1950    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

1951

Memorandum, "Suggested Candidates for President Commission on the Health Needs of the Nation"
       ca. 1951    View (7 pages)    |    (PDF)

January

Correspondence Between President Harry S. Truman and Channing Frothingham, with Related Material
       January 31, 1951    View (6 pages)    |    (PDF)

July

Memorandum to the President, Federal Security Agency
       July 30, 1951    View (16 pages)    |    (PDF)

October

Memorandum from President Harry S. Truman to David Stowe, with Attachments
       October 15, 1951    View (8 pages)    |    (PDF)

November

Letter from Dean A. Clark to David Stowe
       November 5, 1951    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Letter from Howard A. Rusk to David Stowe, with Attachment
       November 20, 1951    View (4 pages)    |    (PDF)

Donald S. Dawson to Paul B. Magnuson, with Attachments
       November 21, 1951    View (7 pages)    |    (PDF)

December

Letter from Oscar R. Ewing to Donald S. Dawson, with Attachment
       December 7, 1951    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Memorandum from Milton Kayle to David Stowe
       December 21, 1951    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

Letter from F. H. Kentworthy to President Harry S. Truman, with Reply from David H. Stowe
       December 27, 1951    View (6 pages)    |    (PDF)

1952

January

Letter from John O. Waltner to President Harry S. Truman with Reply from William D. Hassett
       January 5, 1952    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Memorandum from William J. Hopkins to David Stowe, with Attachment
       January 8, 1952    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

Letter from Randall Smith to Harry S. Truman, with Reply from William D. Hassett
       January 14, 1952    View (4 pages)    |    (PDF)

Letter from William Green to President Harry S. Truman
       January 14, 1952    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

March

Milton Kayle to David Stowe, with Attachment
       March 31, 1952    View (4 pages)    |    (PDF)

May

Press Release of Address by Paul B. Magnuson, Chairman of the President's Commission on the Health Needs of the Nation, Delivered Before the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of the State of Maryland
       May 1, 1952    View (13 pages)    |    (PDF)

August

Correspondence Between President Harry S. Truman and Donald C. Cook, with Attachment
       August 7, 1952    View (4 pages)    |    (PDF)

September

Public Hearing of The President’s Commission on the Health Needs of the Nation in Minneapolis, Minnesota
       September 2, 1952    View (31 pages)    |    (PDF)

Letter from Edward J. Higgins to President Harry S. Truman with Reply from Matthew J. Connelly
       September 11, 1952    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Letter from Dwight L. Hubbart to Harry S. Truman with Reply from Matthew J. Connelly
       September 15, 1952    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

December

Correspondence Between President Harry S. Truman and Paul B. Magnuson, with Related Material
       December 22, 1952    View (8 pages)    |    (PDF)

1953

January

Memorandum from Milton Kayle to David Stowe, with Attachment
       January 7, 1953    View (5 pages)    |    (PDF)