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NC’s 1940s Good Health Plan Now Online

A couple years ago, I was reviewing NC’s Good Health Plan – a 1940s state-driven effort of bigwigs in NC to bring affordable health coverage and care to every state resident (including Blue Cross nonprofit insurance) and wrote this post giving a short review of the plan and some key quotes. Well, Bob Hall just let me know that the Good Health Plan document is now completely online here thanks to UNC.

Check it out. You can see how things really haven’t changed that much in the last sixty or so years as this quote from the Governor (page 184) shows:

The ultimate purpose of this program should be that no person in North Carolina shall lack adequate hospital care or medical treatment by reason of poverty or low income.

– J. Melville Broughton, NC Governor, 1941-1945; US Senator, 1948-1949

5 Comments


  1. James

    September 22, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Thanks. Amazing.

  2. EBB

    September 23, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    “Even Superman supports the good health plan
    He knows what it will do, it’s all up to you, it’s all up to you
    Spread the health alarm to every town and farm,
    And preach the good health view, it’s all up to you, it’s all up to you.
    You’ll find being healthy means more than a well-filled hearse
    What good’s being wealthy when you can’t buy a doctor or a nurse.
    When the job is done, we’ll wind up number one instead of forty-two.
    It’s all up to you, it’s all up to you.
    We need vitamins and medicines and beds to spare,
    Places where the sick can go and get some care.
    Lots of new equipment to combat disease,
    Clinics where the poor can go for moderate fees.
    Free examination for the kids and class,
    A kid whose health is good will have a chance to pass.
    If we do these thing and we will be the state
    Where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great.
    Do your state a favor, the task is yours alone.
    Be a real life saver, and the chance is that you will save your own.
    What a spot we’re in, we’ve simply got to win,
    The job is overdue. It’s all up to you!
    Get in there, get yourself someone to help.”
    (Frank Sinatra, Dinah Shore, Kay Kyser)

    Written By: Sammy Cahn & Jimmy Van Heusen
    Frank Sinatra, Dinah Shore, and vocal chorus
    Arranged By: Axel Stordahl
    From the Album: Suddenly It’s Spring
    Orchestra: Kay Kyser
    Label: Columbia Records
    Recorded: November 7, 1946

    Thanks to Professor Emeritus William W. McLendon, Dept. of Pathology, UNC-CH School of Medicine
    Bettering the Health of the People: W. Reece Berryhill, the UNC School of Medicine, and the North Carolina Good Health Movement by William W. McLendon, Floyd W. Denny Jr., and William B. Blythe
    The University of North Carolina Press (December 1, 2007)

  3. Adam Searing

    September 23, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    I hear you can download the song on Amazon for $1 too.

  4. Our Healthier Living

    April 2, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Who wants not lead a healthier life? Obviously everyone. Most important part of our healthier living is healthy food. I think naturals are always better than other. So, I like to be stick with any type of natural food not only milk. I believe the most important part of our healthier living is healthier food.

  5. healthcare web » Good Health Plan Net

    October 30, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    […] 13.The Progressive Pulse – NC’s 1940s Good Health Plan Now Online A couple years ago, I was reviewing NC’s Good Health Plan – a 1940s state-driven effort of bigwigs in NC to bring affordable health coverage and care to every state resident (including Blue Cross nonprofit insurance) and wrote this post giving a short review of the plan and some key quotes. http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2009/09/22/ncs-1940s-good-health-plan-now-online/ […]

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