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January 18, 1965


JAMA. 1965;191(3):15-17. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080030107035

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Massive Health Legislation.—  In his State of the Union address to Congress, President Johnson urged provision of "hospital care under social security and raising benefit payments."He did not spell out details of the plan.However, chief congressional backers of the controversial proposal introduced legislation on the first day of the new Congress that closely resembled the King-Anderson bill of last year.Sen Clinton P. Anderson (D, NM) and Rep Cecil King (D, Calif) introduced identical bills (S 1 and HR 1) to raise social security taxes to finance up to 60 days of hospital care for the aging, among other benefits, and to increase social security cash benefits.The hospital benefit program would be financed from a separate social security fund but the payroll tax increase would not be levied separately from the regular social security tax. Dropped from last year's bill was an option feature under which the

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