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April 19, 1965


JAMA. 1965;192(3):15-17. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080160097054

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King-Anderson Action.—  The House approved the Administration's $6 billion social security and health care for the aged bill after beating back, by a 236 to 191 vote, a move to reject the compulsory King-Anderson hospital benefit program financed through higher social security taxes.The bill went to the Senate, where the Senate Finance Committee was expected to hold public hearings on it.The House action came two days after the debate during which opponents of the King-Anderson plan contended that it would lead to federal controls over the nation's hospitals and jeopardize any future raises in social security cash benefits.The key vote came on a move to send the bill back to the House Ways and Means Committee, with instructions to eliminate the King-Anderson plan and substitute for it a national voluntary health insurance program partially subsidized by the government. The substitute also would have allowed the states to

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