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January 31, 1966


JAMA. 1966;195(5):21-23. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100050009002

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Health Programs.—  President Johnson has called for fulfilling and improving the health programs approved by Congress last year.In his State of the Union address to Congress, Johnson said that the nation is strong enough to pursue the goals of the "Great Society" and carry on war in Vietnam at the same time.There was no indication in the speech outlining President Johnson's legislative goals that there would be an effort by the administration to expand any of the major medical programs voted last year—such as medicare and the Heart Disease, Cancer and Stroke Center Program—beyond the levels authorized in 1965.The key paragraph on health stated:"Let us fulfill and improve the great health and education programs of last year, extending special opportunities to those who risk their lives in our armed forces." (The administration is expected to recommend a "GI Bill of Rights" for Vietnam veterans.)On other

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