Medicine: Loophole for 7,000.000

The opponents of national health insurance argue that it is not necessary, because two-thirds of the U.S. people can afford to pay for voluntary insurance. The argument has been effective; against it the Truman-Ewing plan (TIME, Feb. 20, 1950 et seq.) has got nowhere. But last week Oscar Ewing, Federal Security Administrator, who had been going over the opposition's argument for loopholes, thought he had found one big enough to drive an ambulance through.

Oldsters of 65 or more are virtually cut off from the benefits of voluntary hospitalization insurance. If they have bought...

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