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May 10, 1965


JAMA. 1965;192(6):15-17. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080190153053

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Senate Hearings Start on Medicare Bill.—  The Senate Finance Committee opened public hearings Apr 29 on the House-passed medicare bill. The hearings started earlier than originally planned because Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield made it possible to hold morning hearings by calling off the morning Senate debate on the voting rights bill.Anthony Celebrezze, secretary of Health, Education and Welfare Department, and his aides were the first witnesses at a scheduled three weeks of open hearings. About 100 witnesses will testify, including spokesmen for the American Medical Association, on May 11.Finance Committee Chairman Harry F. Byrd (D, Va) had said earlier that the committee would not take up the medicare bill (HR 6675) until the Senate completed discussion on the voting rights bill. However, when Mansfield announced the noon opening for voting rights debate, Byrd said his group would be able to begin hearings this week. Usually a Senate

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