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Mr. Oscar R. Ewing

Wrong Oscar R. Ewing?


Phone: (212) ***-****  HQ Phone
Alcoa Inc.
801 Isabella St Alcoa Corporate Ctr
Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania 15212
United States

Company Description: Alcoa Inc. (Alcoa) is engaged in the production and management of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and alumina combined. It's products are used worldwide in...   more

Employment History


  • law degree
    Harvard School of Law
  • bachelor's degree
    Indiana University
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Water Is For Everyone - Fluoride Is Not - Welcome page - City of Ottawa - Fluoridation-Free Ottawa - Ottawa Libre de Fluoration, 10 Dec 2014 [cached]
In 1947, Oscar R. Ewing, a long time ALCOA lawyer, was appointed head of the Federal Security Agency, a position that placed him in charge of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS).
Newsletter Dec 2007, 1 May 2014 [cached]
They were awarded an Academy Award for only one short film: The Music Box, and Stan did receive a special lifetime achievement Oscar shortly before his death.
In 1947, Oscar R. Ewing, a long time ALCOA lawyer, was appointed head of the Federal Security Agency , a position that placed him in charge of the Public Health Service(PHS).
The Selling of Fluoridation In America, 17 Dec 2004 [cached]
In 1947, Oscar Ewing, chief legal counsel for Aluminum Corporation of America (ALCOA), was named head of Federal Security Administration in charge of the Public Health Service (PHS).It was he who changed the Federal Code of Regulations to remove fluoride from the regulations that control food levels of other potentially toxic materials and placed all control of drinking water fluoride concentration in the hands of the PHS.He then made fluoridation promotion an official policy of the PHS.
Fluoride, Teeth, the Atomic Bomb and More, 24 April 2006 [cached]
The previous year, one Oscar Ewing was working for ALCOA as an attorney and on an annual salary of $750,000 - an awful lot of money in those days.Was Ewing happy working for ALCOA and receiving such a substantial wage?If so, why did he decide to leave ALCOA to become Federal Security Administrator in the American Government at a lower income.Ewing is reported to have said that "he wanted to serve his country".
Public Interest Institute, 1 Sept 2012 [cached]
The first was Oscar R. Ewing, an attorney who headed Federal Security Agency from 1947 to 1953. The Federal Security Agency controlled Social Security, the Public Health Service, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Civilian Conservation Corps, later becoming Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW). Ewing also served as Vice Chairman of the Democrat National Committee and was a long-time Truman policy advisor.[2]
Mr. Ewing was the lead Truman official supporting nationalized health care.[3] He argued strongly that inability to afford care resulted in a "barrier of formidable properties between the doctor and his patient.
Ewing claimed that the administrative overhead would be no more than 5 to 7 percent of the wage deductions.
For those without jobs, who were indigent, or were bad risks there would be a means test and the government would pay. Ewing estimated that the cost to cover these people would be only 14 to 25 percent above the payroll tax. The government would provide the additional funds (from where he did not say…). Ewing did admit that the services offered would have to be determined by "what we're willing to pay" to cover the unemployed, indigent, and bad health risks. Though the terms rationing and death panels were not used, the issues raised were the same as today. What services, at what cost? After seeing that nationalized health care would not pass, Ewing became the main proponent of Medicare for those over 65.
The cost estimates Lull offered were significantly higher than those quoted by Ewing, requiring the payment of "six percent initially and as much as eight to ten percent" in payroll taxes on top of social security and federal income taxes.
[1] Oscar Ewing and George F. Lull, MD, "How Shall We Pay for Health Care?
[2] "Oscar R. Ewing," Social Security History, Social Security Online, accessed on August 8, 2012.
[3] Oral History Interview with Oscar R. Ewing, May 1, 1969, by J.R. Fuchs, Truman Library, accessed on August 8, 2012.
[8] Ewing, pp. 1-3. [9] Ewing, pp. 20-21. [10] Ewing, p. 3. [11] Ewing, pp. 23-30.
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