Medical Aid to the Aged

Archive Report

Rise of Soil Conservation Movement

Medical insurance for men and women of advanced years has become a major political issue. Popular endorsement of government action to help old people pay doctor and hospital bills was made unmistakably clear after the House Ways and Means Committee on March 31 turned down a measure to extend such assistance through the social security system. The sudden swell of public support that then rapidly gained momentum reinforced the case of the Democratic supporters of the bill and sent Republicans scurrying to devise alternative proposals. The strong political appeal of medical aid to the aged became still more apparent in mid-April, when it was learned that Speaker Sam Rayburn (D Texas) had been persuaded to put his powerful influence to ...

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