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March 24, 1956


JAMA. 1956;160(12):1058-1071. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960470054015

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THE CASE AGAINST PAYMENTS FOR DISABILITY  The following statement has been prepared by the Washington office of the American Medical Association.Ed.

AS DEVELOPED AT HEARINGS OF THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE  Since January 25 the Senate Finance Committee has been conducting hearings on the Social Security amendments, H. R. 7225. This report represents the case made against one section of the bill at those hearings—the proposal for cash payments at age 50 to those certified as totally and permanently disabled. Included are pertinent quotations from witnesses opposed to the disability section and extracts from the testimony of others who, while not recording themselves as definitely opposed to the plan, pointed out some of its weaknesses and dangers. Here, taken from testimony on the record of the Finance Committee, are the arguments made against this proposal by the American Medical Association, by state medical societies, by specialists intimately concerned with

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