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President Optimistic on Health Care Bill for Aged

Mar. 21, 1962 - The Administration bill to add medical care for the aged to the Social Security system has a “good chance” of passage this year, President Kennedy indicated today. At his news conference, Mr. Kennedy rebuked those who argue that his bill would be the opening wedge for socialized medicine. On that point, Mr. Kennedy declared with some emphasis: “Well, it’s an old argument, when a case is lost, to argue that it’s all right here, but what’s it going to mean for the future? Under that argument, there wouldn’t have been any progress on any social legislation in this country. That was the argument used against the Social Security Act in the ‘30s. It’s the argument used against the minimum wage. It’s the argument used against any agricultural program. It is the oldest argument in the world.”

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