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Well, now, that summarizes our frustration on
efforts to get legislation for health
insurance. Eleven years have passed and
no health insurance bill has passed yet,
and Kennedy's proposals are really for
hospital insurance for people over 65
and were defeated last year in the
Senate by one vote, and I'm ashamed to
say that Senator Hill was one who voted
against it, and his vote could have
turned the tide.
Why did he vote against it?
Because he was afraid of the doctors in Alabama
and he was up for election. It's really
rugged to have the money that you need
when you need care.
What happened to these recommendations?
Well, the recommendations, the report, was rather
widely circulated, and as I say there
was a recommendation for additional
research and we've gotten substantial
additional research money in these 11
years. We've gotten the
aid-to-medical-education bill through
finally. We later got a Survey of
Sickness Bill through. We have
substantial money for the building of
research facilities; we got that bill
through in this time. But I don't say
that these were the results of these
recommendations. It did educate and
familiarize people a little bit with
what the problems were.
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