Government Aid for Health Plans

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Eisenhower Concept of Government's Role

Anew Conception of the part the federal government should play in making proper medical care available to all citizens at reasonable cost, offered by President Eisenhower in a special message Jan. 18, provides the basis for legislation now being whipped into shape for action by Congress at the present session.

The Truman plan for a nationwide system of compulsory health insurance, to be administered by a new federal organization and financed by a federal payroll tax, never had a chance of adoption by Congress.1 The Eisenhower program is believed to be considerably more acceptable to the national legislators. It places chief reliance on the voluntary medical insurance plans already operating in many parts of the country. They would be strengthened and ...

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