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February 6, 1967


JAMA. 1967;199(6):29-30. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120060011003

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Message Recommends Medicare Boost—  In his first special message of the session President Johnson asked Congress to increase Social Security cash benefits, expand medicare, and raise Social Security taxes.Johnson said medicare has been "an unqualified success" in its first six months of operation. He proposed that its provisions be extended to "the 1.5 million seriously disabled Americans under 65 now covered by the Social Security and Railroad Retirement system."The typical member of this group is over 50," he said, and in "much the same plight" as the over-65 persons now covered by medicare.Johnson recommended that "foot treatment other than routine care" be added to medical coverage for the elderly, and that the government undertake a study to see how prescription drugs for patients outside hospitals also could be included.Other proposals in the message included expansion of "visiting nurses and other home health services" for the elderly