The Laskers had supported President Harry Truman ever since he proposed universal health insurance in 1945, at a time when
nearly all business leaders and physicians decried it as "socialized medicine." The Laskers organized the Committee
for the Nation's Health, which gathered facts and conducted public relations efforts to bolster what one of its newspaper
ads called Truman's "thoroughly American plan" to "increase productivity, reduce disease, and save lives."
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1949-01-04 (January 4, 1949)
Truman, Harry S.
Original Repository: Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Mary Lasker Papers
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I have heard of the generous way in which you expressed confidence in my leadership and want you to know of my heartfelt appreciation.
I am more grateful than I can say.
The Democratic Party must go forward with progress and the support which you gave so wholeheartedly gives me strength and
courage and renewed faith in the principles for which our party must always stand.