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May 18, 1963


JAMA. 1963;184(7):27-29. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700200001001

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Committee Opposes K-A: Herlong.  —Rep. A. Sydney Herlong, Jr., member of the House Ways and Means Committee, said the committee majority is opposed to the Administration's King-Anderson bill providing a compulsory social security medical-hospital plan for the aged.The Florida Democrat said the sentiment against the plan is 13 to 12 and possibly 14 to 11. "I know of no one who plans to change his vote," he told the annual meeting of the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D. C.In the event the issue narrowed down to a matter of a single vote on the panel, Herlong said he would be "proud to be the one who has the opportunity to save our country" by not voting for the bill.Herlong also said that although his Florida district probably has a higher percentage of elderly people than any other in the nation, a recent questionnaire revealed his

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