How did Make-up, WWII & Communism Create U.S. Healthcare?


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The place did our employer primarily based healthcare system really come from?

If there’s one debate you possibly can’t keep away from immediately it is what do concerning the US medical health insurance. Whereas many nations world wide have some type of nationalized, authorities run healthcare most individuals in the US have their healthcare supplied by their employer. Why is that the case? Properly the reply has to do with an odd historical past of the advertising of make-up, the wage and value controls instituted by FDR throughout World Struggle II, and the specter of Communism throughout Truman’s Presidency and the 1950’s. Watch the episode to study extra.

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Subversion of Authority by Clowns: Paul Hallinan Miller TEDx Speak

Works Cited:

Historical past of Employer Based mostly Healthcare within the US and NHS in UK

Melissa Thomasson College of Miami (skilled, plenty of articles revealed on the subject)
Listed beneath are those I’m drawing on particularly
Thomasson, M. A. (2008). “From Residence to Hospital: The Evolution of Childbirth in the US, 1928-1940” (with Jaret Treber). Explorations in Financial Historical past, 45 (1), 76-99.
Thomasson, M. A. (2002). “From Illness to Well being: The Twentieth Century Improvement of U.S. Well being Insurance coverage.” Explorations in Financial Historical past, 39 (3), 233-53.

Standardization of US healthcare

Citations on midwives vs hospital births within the flip of the twentieth century (E.g. the transfer from birthing at residence with a midwife to transferring right into a hospital)

Normalization of the growth of healthcare
Articles on incubators that had been used at Coney Island freak present earlier than turning into commonplace in hospitals

Truman Healthcare conclusion
Truman and Healthcare 1945:

Truman’s nov 19 1945 speech on healthcare to congress

Flexner Report:


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