Who wrote the following and when?
"1. The immediate objective is the defeat of the compulsory health insurance program pending in Congress. 2. The long-term objective is to put a permanent stop to the agitation for socialized medicine in this country by (a) awakening the people to the danger of a politically-controlled, government-regulated health system; (b) convincing the people, through a Nation wide campaign of education, of the superior advantages of private medicine, as practiced in America, over the State-dominated medical systems of other countries; (c) stimulating the growth of voluntary health insurance systems to take the economic shock out of illness and increase the availability of medical care to the American people."
Would it surprise you to know it was 1945 in retaliation to a proposal by then President Harry S. Truman?
Earl Warren, former Governor of California and later Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court had proposed compulsory health insurance for Californians after he had fallen quite ill and wondered how others who were not so well off as he would cope with medical bills. His proposal was severely trounced.
Months later President Truman proposed a national program. It was severely trounced. How did this happen?
In her riveting 7 page article that reads like a political campaign whodunit, Jill Lepore writing for The New Yorker magazine, "The Lie Factory," takes us back to the early 1930s when the world of political consulting was born of Leone Baxter and Clem Whitaker. They named their prodigy "Campaigns, Inc." and political life has never been the same.
If you think, even vaguely, that you are getting the straight scoop on this election, The Lie Factory may disabuse you of that comfortable notion. It's downright scary even for a realist.