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The Senate and House reconvened Aug 31 for a tag-end session that will settle the controversial issue of a government program of hospital benefits for the aging through Social Security.The first order of business before the Senate was the House-passed bill increasing Social Security cash benefits by 5%. Senate backers of King-Anderson planned to attempt to attach the Social Security hospital plan to the House bill.The Senate Finance Committee, in clearing the legislation for floor action, rejected a House provision that would have placed self-employed physicians under Social Security.Another bill slated for final congressional action is the $1 billion appropriation for the National Institutes of Health.
The Democratic Party's platform adopted at the national convention in Atlantic City called for passage of a Social Security medical-hospital program for the aging.Following is the text of the platform section dealing with health:"The health
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