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How Plush—
(Continued from Paa:e One)
length, seemingly in an attempt to
prove something or other. However,
the reader invariably finds that the
PM articles make sense; as witness
the following quote from PM, an art
icle by Albert Deutsch, dated March
29. 1946. "A sordid tale of medical in
trigue and unprincipled propaganda,
conducted behind a hypocritical mask
of professional dignity, may be unfold
ed in the course of the senate hearings
on the Waguer-Murray-Dingell bill for
national health insurance which start
next week. The tale hangs on a $300,
000 a year smear campaign loosed
against the bill and its sponsors, in
eluding the President, by an alliance
of reactionary medical and drug manu
facturing interests."
Patent Medicine Companies Like
Status Quo
"The campaign is godfathered and
fostered by the American Medical as
sociation. It is financed largely by
It is
big patent medicine companies,
spearheaded by a dummy agency for
organized medicine and masterminded
by an ex-advertising man who once
did the same job of an anti New Deal
committee created and headed by pub
lisher, Frank Gannett."
"The propaganda front . . . for org
anized medicine is the National Phy
sicians' Committee for the Extension
of Medical Service ... It has flooded
the nation's press with propaganda
that distorts the aims and contents of
the bill. It has succeeded in getting
more* than 3,000 full-page advertise
ments in newspapers throughout the
country by an ingenious campaign
wherein the mats for the ads are furn
ished free of charge and direct instruc
tions are given to advertising managers j
how to line up local drug stores, (
medical societies and industrial houses j
on
to pay for the ads."
Many other methods of distributing
this propaganda are described in the
PM article, but the foregoing is typi
cal.
In the Physicians' pamphlet, as be
fore mentioned, are many extended
quotes from the senate committee
hearings. One such quote is interest
ing.
"Senator Murray read excerpts from j
a WASHINGTON POST editorial sup
porting the proposal of state medicine.
Senator Murray used the POST edi- j
torial as a basis for his own suggestion ;
that the legislation should not be op- j
posed merely on the allegation that it
was "Communistic or Socialistic".
Socialistic" For Taft
T oo
"The colloquy which followed fairly
illustrated the tenor of the hearings
under Senator Murray's chairmanship.
"Senator Taft (Yes, of Taft-Hartley
fame—the Gentleman from Ohio);
think it is very Socialistic, so I dis
entirely with the editorial.
I
agree
think that you might have that to start
with: if you are going to make a parti
san statement, I am going to make one. I
"Chairman Murray: T did not make |
a partisan statement.'
Sen. Taft: 'But if you are going to
give a rebuke to people who consider I
it Socialistic, I consider it Socialism. I
It is to my mind the most Socialistic
measure that this congress has ever
had before it, seriously.'
"Senator Murray charged that Sen
ator Taft was attempting merely to
confuse the minds of the people on a
bill that was very worthy and very
valuable to this country. Murray also
explained that Senator Wagner would
be the first witness called in the hear- |
However, Taft arrogantly in-1
ings.
making statements against I
the bill at that time. To which arro-1
gant insistance, Murray said, among
other things: "You can have an oppor
tunity to make a statement at the prop
er time."
"Sen. Taft: T stand on my right to
make a statement in this committee.
and now . . . '
"Chairman Murray: 'This hearing
will be going on for a month or six I
weeks, and you will have plenty of
time to make your statement.'
"Sen. Taft: 'You have used this as!
a method of propaganda, of your state
ment, and I propose to make a state
ment.'
"Chairman Murray: 'That is a false
hood, that is slander, and that is in !
line with your general conduct. I re- j
sent it . . . and I resent your further I
interruptions, and I will not consent to J
them.' "
Following further heated debate, j
Taft was squelched by Murray, and |
stalked out in high dudgeon. Any |
reasonable person would naturally j
think that Senator Murray was merely {
DEMAND THE UNION LABEL
trying to conduct the hearings in a
fair and reasonable manner, but the
Physicians' pamphlet implies that this
was evidence of Murray's unfairness.
Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts
Well, the foregoing is probably suf
ficient quoting. But, brother unionists,
when well heeled reactionaries, wheth
er doctors or what have you, start
weeping about the sacred rights of
poor people, ask yourselves: Do such
prosperous gents want something FOR
the poor or for themselves?
brother, indeed, and it IS a silly ques
tion.
But just what do they want?
! order to answer that one, allow us to
! cite a local example of Butte. We'll
! call this human example, Dr. Whoozis.
I Doc Whoozis arrived in what, with a
j ghastly expression on our faces
j call 6ur fair city, only a few years ago.
They say he was quite hard up when
he first came here. In fact, in their
somewhat rough way, men of this min
ing town say that the "doc" had part
of his posterior exposed (no doubt an
exaggeration). But be that as it may,
the "doc" was shrewd and ambitious
and more than a bit unscrupulous.
He knew which hands to shake and
how and when. So—we must be brief I
Yes.
In
, we
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members of co-operatives must be acquainted with their responsibility before they
can accept it.
The membership meeting or the annual meeting offers an ideal occasion for do
ing the years best work in educating members. It is the logical starting place of the
year's program for increasing the value of your most important asset—membership.
This space provided by the following Co-operatives:
FARMERS UNION SUPER SERVICE
FARMERS LUMBER & SUPPLY COMPANY
BUILDING MATERIAL
of Chinook, Montana
Havre,
Montana
FARMERS UNION GRAIN CO. OF OPHEIM
GRAIN — FEED — SEEDS — COAL — CLEANING
EQUITY CO-OPERATIVE ASSOCIATION
of Brady, Montana
FARMERS UNION OIL COMPANY
FARMERS UNION OIL & SUPER SERVICE STATION
of Arlee, Montana
of Glasgow, Montana
FARMERS UNION OIL COMPANY
FARMERS UNION OIL COMPANY
of Willlston, North Dakota
of Peerless, Montana
POWER FARMERS ELEVATOR COMPANY
EQUITY CO-OPERATIVE ASSN. OF HARLEM
of Power, Montana
Branch Stations In Hogeland and Turner, Montana
FARMERS UNION GRAIN COMPANY
FARMERS UNION LIVE STOCK COMMISSION CO.
Union Stock Yards
Chicago, III.
of Poplar, Montana
FARMERS UNION OIL COMPANY
South St. Paul, Minn.
Billings, Mont.
Roy, Montana
FARMERS UNION OIL COMPANY
WINIFRED FARMERS OIL COMPANY
Lewistown, Montana
Winifred, Montana
FARMERS UNION CO-OP DAIRYMEN'S ASSN.
FARMERS UNION OIL COMPANY
!
of Ravalli County, Stevensville, Montana
of Glendive, Montana
FARMERS UNION ELEVATOR COMPANY
FARMERS UNION EXCHANGE
Kallspel), Montana
of Bolt, Montana
FARMERS UNION MERCANTILE COMPANY
FARMERS UNION OIL COMPANY
of Dodson, Montana
of Plentywood, Montana
FARMERS UNION ELEVATOR COMPANY
THE FARMERS UNION
of Valier, Montana
In Froid, Montana
FARMERS UNION ELEVATOR COMPANY
FARMERS UNION ELEVATOR AND OIL CO.
of Chinook, Montana
of Pendroy, Montana
FARMERS UNION GRAIN COMPANY
FARMERS UNION OIL COMPANY
of Peerless, Montana
of Joplin, Montana
FARMERS UNION OIL COMPANY
of Wolf Point, Montana
FARMERS UNION CO-OP OIL COMPANY
of Richey, Montana
FARMERS UNION ELEVATOR COMPANY
FARMERS UNION ELEVATOR COMPANY
of Rudyard, Montana
of Joplin, Montana
FARMERS UNIQN OIL COMPANY
FARMERS UNION OIL COMPANY
of Opheim, Montana
of Circle, Montana
FARMERS UNION ELEVATOR COMPANY
FARMERS UNION TRADING COMPANY
Wolf Point, Montana
of Butte, Montana
FARMERS UNION OIL COMPANY
FARMERS UNION OIL COMPANY
of Havre, Montana
of Flaxvllle, Montana
EQUITY CO-OPERATIVE ASSOCIATION
FARMERS UNION GRAIN & SUPPLY COMPANY
Billings, Montana
of Geraldine, Montana
FARMERS UNION TRADING COMPANY
THE FARMERS CO-OP OIL & SUPPLY CO.
of Richey, Montana
of Conrad, Montana
FARMERS UNION OIL COMPANY
FARMERS UNION OIL COMPANY
of Nashua, Montana
of Geyser, Montana
FARMERS UNION OIL & SUPPLY COMPANY
FARMERS UNION OIL COMPANY
of Hinsdale, Montana
of Townsend, Montana
FARMERS UNION OIL COMPANY
FARMERS UNION OIL COMPANY
of Lindsay, Montana
of Great Falls, Montana
!
—where do we find Doc Whoozis to
day? Why, we find the "doc" has
progressed to a private practice, and
not merely one office, but many of
fices, thousands of patients, thousands
of dollars worth of equipment and gad
gets, oodles of lesser doctors, his as
sistants, an expensive, streamlined
receptionist, lots of pretty nurses. And
the "doc" is the "Big Brass" around
the joint. The 'doc" has everything
that gives. Only the "doc" gives little,
the "doc"takes, AND HOW. Now, the
"doc" has expensive cars, even a priv
ate plane. Now, the "doc" clothes his
much developed hinder parts if not in
purple, at least in the finest cloth
money acn buy.
country rich? Are all of them op
posed to Public Health Programs,
Typical of Opposition
Yes, nice work, if you can get it.
And, well, does Doc Whoozis care if
there is a public health program set
up? You bet the "doc" cares—he will
fight like hell against any plan which
he thinks might disrupt his way of
life, which suits him down to the
ground. So multiply Doc Whoozis by
thousands and you have the AMA.
Simple, No?
But are all of the doctors in the
such as S 1320? Of course not.
Many doctors would be delighted to
practice their profession in connec
tion with such a program. The hon
est scientists, and there are many
in the medical profession, would be
glad, indeed, to see medical care
available to all. It would be a thous
and times better for the doctors, in
finitely better for workers and poor
people of this country. But the
plush bottomed "docs", the guys in
the big money don't want it that way.
In 1847 Free Public Schools
Were Also "Foreign"
As a fine example of the unprinci
pled demagogy utilized by this pros
perous bunch of medicos, we might
mention that they cite the fact (in an
effort to smear the plan) that health
plans are "foreign" because, forsooth,
such plans are in operation in Eng
land, New Zealand, the Soviet Union,
and other countries; also, and they
intimate, a worse circumstance, na
tional health plans were first discussed
by the International Labor Organiza
tion (the defunct one, in which the
AFL participated). Even the words
"labor" and particularly "internation
al" are sinister, you see.
So the plush bottomed medicos in
the ARIA will continue, you may l>e
the common working
sure, to save
stiffs from this fate worse than death,
a rounded out national health program.
When Bob Taft exposes his canine
teeth in that famous wolfish grin, why,
it is excellent dental work,
you stiffs aspire to get your grinders
refurbished under any
health and dental setup, or you'll have
the AMA on your tail, the whole pack
You just strug
But don't
communistic
of wolves in full cry.
gle along with your inadequate em
ployer's hospital fee setups, or other
inadequate agreements you
able in some instances to get through
negotiation with such employers. Or ■
will you? Or will you get behind some
sane, national health program, in spite
of the Tafts and the plush bottoms?
may be
What about the poor old miner, dy
ing unattended with silicosis? He has
no money to pay for the services that
might be supplied by the Doc Whooz
ises. Why, what's Jhe matter with
you, Mac? Don't you know it's much
better to die like a man—or something
—than to be victimized by such a for
eign, communistic, subversive thing
as a National Health Program? We
must uphold "Our American Way of
Life," you dope. Do you want Dr.
Whoozis to lose his private plane?

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