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The Mary Lasker Papers

Letter from Max W. Fine to Mary Lasker pdf (100,255 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Max W. Fine to Mary Lasker
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1974-07-18 (July 18, 1974)
Fine, Max W.
Committee for National Health Insurance
Lasker, Mary
Original Repository: Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Mary Lasker Papers
Reproduced with permission of the Walter P. Reuther Library.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
National Health Insurance, United States
Exhibit Category:
Mary Lasker and the Growth of the National Institutes of Health
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Letters (correspondence)
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Series: Series I
SubSeries: Topical Files
Folder: Committee for National Health Insurance (CNHI), 1968-1979
July 18, 1974
Dear Mary:
As per our conversation of yesterday, I am writing to request your favorable consideration of renewal of the Lasker Foundation contribution to CNHI.
The coming year may well be decisive in our long struggle for a national health insurance program. The issue steadily boils down to what will be the emphasis of the program: will it encourage preventive medicine or only cover catastrophic costs? Will it provide coverage for everyone or only for most? Will it have cost and quality controls that work or merely rely on the existing ones?
As you know, largely through our efforts in which you have played a leading role from the outset, there are now sane 300 members of the Congress who are sponsoring one or another of the major national health insurance bills. It is reasonable to assume that if we keep up the pressure, the will of the people will be more readily recognized by the Congress and final action can be expected in the near future. Ours can be a great victory for all Americans.
Please let me know if we may anticipate a contribution for the current fiscal year which began last May 1.
All good wishes for a happy holiday.
Max W. Fine
Executive Director
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