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February 8, 1964

WASHINGTON NEWS

JAMA. 1964;187(6):23-25. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060190089044

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Abstract

Ways and Means Will Vote on King-Anderson. —  Congressional hearings on the King-Anderson bill ended Jan 24 and the important Ways and Means Committee is slated to vote on the measure in February or March.On the final day of the hearings, a California physician told the committee that nearly $700 million was spent last year for medical care for the aged under existing federal programs and that no other program is necessary.Samuel R. Sherman, MD, president of the California Medical Association, opposed the controversial King-Anderson bill to increase payroll taxes to provide hospitalization and other benefits to everyone over age 65.Answering medicare backers who have said the program would cost only 25 cents a week, Sherman pointed out that the bill itself would increase payroll taxes by $55 a year for every $100 a week in wages—half paid by the employee and half by the employer.The

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