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Why was he interested in this?
I don't know why he was interested. He is
interested and he's been a great factor
in the life of the city and in the
Health Insurance Plan of New York. He
just happened to be interested.
Dr. Baer was Fiorello La Guardia's chief medical
adviser. David Hyman and Dr. Baer
proposed to La Guardia a comprehensive
medical service which would be started
by the City Government of New York. The
City Government was to pay half of the
insurance for its employees, which
numbered with their families around
200,000; the employees were to pay the
other half of the cost.
The charter of this organization was drawn up.
Albert and I signed. We also got Henry
J. Kaiser to be one of the signatories.
In the beginning there was some hope
that we would merge Group Health
Insurance with HIP, but in the end,
Winslow Carlton and Hyman disagreed to
violently that it was impossible.
Before the plan could get underway La Guardia
died of cancer of the pancreas. It was
then a great worry to us as to whether
or not the next mayor would go ahead
with the plan, for without the City
Government participating on behalf of
its employees we had nothing.
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