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Nothing has been given on health. Since Truman,
Presidents have always given health messages every year
but not Carter.
Why is this? Is it because of the money that is involved
I suppose so, maybe. But actually, he could urge
people to go to their doctors and have blood pressure
checks without any money. The money comes in when you
want to get people treated who are only to have Medicare and
Medicaid and have no other monty for out-patient doctors
And now I've gone to -- last year in '77 I went
to Senator Pepper, and he called a hearing about high
blood pressure, but it wasn't definitive enough to make the
basis for legislation. I persuaded him to ask for a
commission, an advisory commission to his Committee on Aging,
and to prepare legislation to amend the Medicaid and
the Medicare Act.
Now, this will be a hard job to do, because it's
going to cost between a billion, four and a billion, seven-fifty.
But it's much better to spend this money to treat people
than it is to take care of them in hospitals, with
strokes and with heart attacks.
Wouldn't you guess that? But that they can't -- you
know, the news is too good and people haven't really
grasped it, but we're really going to start with this
commission and many of my friends I hope will be on it.
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