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FACTS ABOUT LLOYD-GEORGE'S INSURANCE PLAN
By William G. Shepherd.
' London, Sept 5. rAmid tor
rents of ridicule, with the physi
cians of London fighting free
medical -service, with employers
protesting and with the aristo
crats insisting that their charities
will care for the poor-and that in
surance laws are foolish, Lloy3
George has marched on steadily
with his law for insuring the
working people of England
against illness and mishap.
For the next five months you'll
probably sfee in the American
newspapers here and there how
Lloyd George's insurance plan is
failing or is being criticized by
every Englishman-, richjor poor.
Never mind these stories.
Lloyd George has a terrific five
months ahead of him because,
with the working people, just
now it is a case of all going out
and nothing coming in.
The payment of benefits jvjll
not begin until January 13, 1913.
Eleven million working people
in England are paying eight cents
per week, if they are men, or six
cents a week, if they are women,
toward the insurance fund.
Thoughtlessly, many of them
complain because none of them
has so'far benefitted by it.
The benefits are: :
Seven dollars and a half at the
birth of every child.
Two dollars and a half per week
for men during twenty-six weeks
One dollar and eighty-five cents
for women during twenty-six
weeks of illness.
One dollar and twenty-five
cents a week for both men and
women when they are ill longer
than twenty-six weeks.
Free doctoring and free medi
cine for life.
Free special treatment for con
sumption. Here's the way John Hobbs, of
London, bricklayer, for instance,
does his part of the insurance
First he goes to the postoffice
nearest his home and gets an in
surance book. It is something
like a trading stamp book, in ap-i
pearance, with spaces for stamps.
It is against the law for any em
ployer to hire him unlesshe pre
sents this book. l
"Got a job for me?" asks Hobbs.
"Yes," answers the contrac
tor that is, if it is Mrs.Hobbs'
lucky day. "Where's your book?"
Mr. Hobbs hands his book to
his rw boss and goes to work,