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June 7, 1965


JAMA. 1965;192(10):13-14. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080230141050

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Substitute Proposal.—  Senate Democratic Whip Russell B. Long (D, La) introduced a substitute medicare bill with deductibles scaled to income and providing catastrophic coverage. The Louisiana lawmaker declared he will attempt to secure Senate Finance Committee approval of his proposal, but that he will support on the Senate floor any legislation cleared by the committee.Long announced his substitute at a news conference shortly before the Senate Finance Committee, of which he is a member, concluded public hearings on the controversial medicare bill and went into closeddoor sessions.Long said the two most telling criticisms of the House-passed bill are that (1) it fails to allow for the difference between individuals who need assistance and those who can, without hardship, meet their own needs, and (2) it does not protect against the ravages of a long-sustained and financially exhausting illness. The social security mechanism would be used under Long's proposal

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