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Lasker:

Oh, terrible. Now, as to National Health Insurance, you've heard my long story about health insurance, starting in '42. I told you that Walter Reuther called me up last year in '68 some time, said he was going to head a committee of 100 for National Health Insurance and would I be a vice chairman. I said I'd be delighted but I didn't have much money to help the committee and he said, “Money, hell, I'll put up the money”.

Q:

He's got more than you.

Lasker:

Much more. He has put up the money. I've given a small amount, but he's put up substantially all the money from the UAW, from one of its pockets. We've held meetings and a piece of legislation, written mostly by I.S. Falk is going to be finally digested and probably introduced this spring. In the meantime both Yarborough and Kennedy want to introduce health insurance bills and there's a substantial interest in health insurance in this country. Governor Rockefeller is constantly saying there should be national health insurance. His version of what should be done is a little different from I. S. Falk's or probably Reuther's, but there surely will be a health insurance bill, I would think, in the next four years. I'm praying there will be.

Q:

What will it in general encompass?

Lasker:

I hope it will encompass everybody from Day 1 to the



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