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The American Medical Association told the Senate Finance Committee that the House-passed bill amending the Social Security Act offers, in general, "promise that the law will become administratively more workable."
Backing the House rejection of the Administration's request to place the nation's 1.5 million disabled social security beneficiaries under medicare, Milford O. Rouse, MD, AMA president said "the inclusion of the disabled under medicare would change the direction of the program from one for older persons to one aimed at a variety of categories."
Dr. Rouse testified during the second week of Finance Committee hearings on the bill raising social security retirement benefits and the taxable wage base and making changes in social security health and welfare programs, including medicare and medicaid. He said the AMA does not question the need of some currently disabled persons for financial assistance to meet health care costs, "but we do believe, however, that
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