In 1949/1950, President Harry S Truman proposed a national healthcare system, and the plan was to insure that all communities, regardless of their size or income level, had access to doctors and hospitals. Both the AMA and local medical societies objected to this proposal, saying it was a form of socialized medicine at best, or a Communist system of medicine, at worst. AMA members were charged $25 per person to help fight the nationalized medicine program. You can read a bit more about it here.
To publicize their opposition to the “common man”, the Baltimore City Medical Society, a component of MedChi, published a comic book entitled, “The Sad Case of Waiting Room Willie” in which poor Willie thinks that nationalized medicine sounds great until he gets sick.
Some things never change!