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he inserted in
some of the President's speeches.
However, no great emotional plea on
health problems which swept people along
was ever successfully made by Truman.
Truman espoused health insurance and
more and better health facilities and
research as a matter of course but
without great emotion in his speeches.
He was more moved in conversation if we
talked to him about it, but I don't
think anyone else ever talked to him
He did say about us after he got out of office
that we were the most effective and
dedicated lobbyists he had ever
Well, it's pecular because he did get very
emotional in his speeches about other
things and this is a subject that one
can get emotional about.
But, you know, people are scared of talking about
it, laymen and so are doctors, I think.
Anyway, Kennedy's speeches on medical
care for the aged were much more
emotional and much more strong than
anything Truman ever said about it
Oscar Ewing in '48 was convinced and was very
sincere in his desire for greater health
protection, including health insurance,
but he did not have the gift of speech
to arouse and move people to what he was
proposing, and he didn't make them
understand that health insurance and
medical research would
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