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April 5, 1965


JAMA. 1965;192(1):A15-A16. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080140083043

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Ways and Means Action.—  The House Ways and Means Committee, by a party-line vote of 17 to 8, approved the Administration's King-Anderson proposal and a national medical insurance plan for the elderly.Under the legislation, for which the overall cost would be more than $5 billion, social security taxes would be increased to finance up to 60 days of hospital stay plus other benefits. Older persons could also have $3 a month deducted from their social security checks as their contribution toward a medical insurance premium. The government would pay $3, too.In addition to the health care for the elderly provisions, the House Ways and Means Committee bill provides an increase in social security cash benefits, and an expansion of the Kerr-Mills law to cover children from families of limited income and their parents, and blind and disabled persons.Self-employed physicians would be brought under social security.The committee

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