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any form of health insurance
suggested by the government, even though
Truman asked them to provide their own
plans, which of course the AMA would not
That was related to socialism.
Yes, but they wouldn't provide any voluntary
plans, any plans of any kind. They've
now come to suggesting some very poor
plans, as you know, as of ‘62.
Well, in the fight for the appropriations in
fiscal ‘57--this was in the spring of
‘56--in May Lister Hill held hearings
and Margaret Chase Smith and Thye and
sometimes Senator Dworshak were present.
Hill was primed with questions from Mike
and me for the witnesses and anxious to
make the hearings as clear as possible.
He was by all odds the best chairman of
the subcommittee on appropriations as
we've ever had; his energy and sympathy
for the field have undoubtedly changed
the course of appropriations for medical
research and medical legislation. The
Hill-Burton construction bill, which he
got passed nearly 10 years ago, had
already as of then provided over a
hundred thousand additional hospital
beds in the United States.
The fiscal ‘57 Bureau of the Budget allowances
for the seven Institutes was 126
million, but for the five Institutes I
was particularly interested in, it was
only 101 million. The Advisory Councils
for these five Institutes 137
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