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October 31, 1966


JAMA. 1966;198(5):31-33. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110180011003

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Social Security Expansion—  President Johnson proposed that the one million persons receiving disability payments under Social Security be brought under the medicare program.The medicare extension was part of an overall package of Social Security boosts that would cost some $2 billion according to unofficial estimates. Included was an average 10% increase in cash payments.Johnson revealed the Administration's plans in a speech before Social Security employes in Baltimore. The changes would have to be approved by Congress.Acting on the recommendations of a study made by Health, Education and Welfare Secretary John Gardner, Johnson said he would send Congress next January "four basic proposals to keep Social Security abreast of our times."In addition, he said, he would recommend ways to finance the major new changes so that the Social Security system "will remain actuarily sound." He did not elaborate on this, but it was believed higher Social Security