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King-Anderson Benefits Overstated.—
Rep Thomas B. Curtis (R, Mo) charged that supporters of King-Anderson are "overselling" the bill's benefits in order to promote its passage. The bill does nothing for the persons who need it most—those struck with a catastrophic illness, the congressman declared.In a major House speech on the issue of health care for the aging, Curtis quoted two congressmen from large cities as telling him in effect: "we are really going to catch it when HR 1 (King-Anderson) becomes law because the people think there are great benefits in the bill for them. When they find out the benefits are so limited and they will get little or nothing, they will blame us."Curtis, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee now considering legislation in the health care field, said the real problem is not meeting average medical expenses, but the prolonged illness running into
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