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February 8, 1965


JAMA. 1965;191(6):15-17. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080060095056

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Hearings Start on King-Anderson.—  The House Ways and Means Committee has begun deliberation on the Administration's "medicare" bill.Chairman Wilbur Mills (D, Ark), announced that public hearings on such legislation would be dispensed with this year. The committee will meet behind closed doors.President Johnson asked Congress to approve an increase in social security taxes to finance a hospital care program for persons over 65 years of age. He also urged a 7% boost in social security benefits.Mills said that the committee, at its first organizational meeting, decided to take up the social security legislation first.He said the goal was to have a bill ready for House floor action by mid-March.Mills said the committee decided additional public hearings on medical care were not needed this year because of extensive public hearings in the past.In response to a question, the chairman indicated that not all committee members

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