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July 12, 1965


JAMA. 1965;193(2):15-17. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090020097053

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Medicare Bill Advances.—  The Senate Finance Committee approved an expanded medicare bill costing $6.8 billion per year, $800 million more than the House-passed bill.The Senate was slated to begin debate on the measure after the Fourth of July holiday, and to vote soon thereafter.The vote on final passage in the Finance Committee was 12 to 5 with Chairman Harry Byrd (Va) the only Democrat opposing it. GOP Senators Carl Curtis (Neb), John Williams (Del), Thruston Morton (Ky) and Wallace Bennett (Utah) also voted against the bill.In approving the sweeping legislation providing hospital and medical benefits for the aged, the Finance Committee majority added some 75 amendments to the House version, raising the cost by $800 million per year. Social security taxes were boosted over the House raises to finance the extra costs.The committee bill brings medical specialists under the basic social security hospital benefit program, despite

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