American Notes: Nov 18, 1985

ADMINISTRATION Doc Bowen's New Patient

This week's trick question: Name an affable, conservative former Governor with a reputation for cutting taxes. No, not Ronald Reagan, but Reagan's choice for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Otis ("Doc") Bowen. As two-term Governor of Indiana from 1973 to 1981, the diminutive (5 ft. 5 in.) Bowen, 67, maintained the gentle demeanor of a country doctor while running the state in the "less government is more" tradition, cutting taxes and leaving Indiana with some of the paltriest welfare benefits in the U.S. Reagan appointed him to replace HHS Secretary Margaret Heckler, who was pushed...

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