Future of Health Insurance

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New Push for National Health Insurance

A new push toward government-mandated national health insurance, an all-but-forgotten lost cause of the Truman administration, is gaining force. The new support grows out of widespread criticism of the prevailing method of providing and financing medical care in the nation. Though President Nixon has never reversed the stand in opposition to compulsory health insurance that he voiced during the 1968 election campaign, his administration has begun to take account of pressures for it.

Since taking office the President has described the nation's health-care problem as “much worse than I realized.” The United States faces a “massive crisis” in medical care needs in the next two or three years, he said on July 10, 1969, “unless something is done about it ...

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