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that dinner a little over a year ago -- Finch is no longer the Secretary
of HEW. He's an assistant to the President and nobody knows how much
influence he has. Walter Reuther was killed in a terrible airplane
accident in May. The National Committee, Committee for National Health
Insurance is now chaired by Leoard Woodcock, the new president of the
UAW, and the effort continues. A so-called health security bill was
introduced in July by 15 Senators. It was a bill that was sponsored
by the Committee for National Health Insurance. Among the Senators are
Kennedy, Cooper, Saehsby and Yarborough. Kennedy semmed to be taking
a lead in the matter and gave a speech introducing the bill on the
Senate floor. He held some hearings, but actually the bill -- because
he's on the Labor and Education Committee -- but actually the bill
will be referred to Long's committee, Senate Finance, in the end.
Is that good or bad?
That's bad, because Long is a heavy drinker and everyone thinks
that he probably isn't for it himself. It will be quite difficult to
get it out of his committee, it is thought. However, there's a tremendous
sentiment for a big major health in service bill, quite different from what there ever
was before. It's been introduced in the House by Corman, and Corman is
on the House Ways and Means Committee, and there are a number of other
House sponsors. It's a bill that will surely pass in some form in the
next two years, I would think.
There seems to be a consensus, doesn't there..
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