THE CONGRESS: Old-Fashioned Horse Trade

Out of the House Ways & Means Committee last week came the Administration's bill to extend social security to 10 million U.S. citizens not now covered, e.g., lawyers and farmers. Before the committee approved the bill, it cut out a provision that would have included physicians. This pleased the American Medical Association, which had been strongly opposed to social security for physicians (although dentists are covered by the bill). Despite the physician-removing operation, the bill was a surprising proposal to come before the House from the hand of New York's hard-shelled Dan Reed, who is anything but social-security-minded. Explained Ways...

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