medical societies in 1917 came out strongly against health insurance
legislation, and the former close ties between the AMA and the AALL were
severed by the AMA, as organized medicine now realized that it could
successfully defeat efforts to pass federally funded medical insurance.
State medical societies used the growing anti-German sentiment to warn the
American public about the supposed evils of state health insurance. Even the
federal government, through the propaganda activities of the Creel Committee
on Public Information, claimed that the concept of state health insurance
was a German doctrine that was a "fraud" against American workers.