National Affairs: Pension Winds

Ulysses' ancient Odyssey with a bagful of spirited winds had something in common with the voyage that Arkansas' Wilbur Mills, chairman of the powerful House Ways & Means Committee, embarked on last week. With Mills's hand on the tiller, the House committee killed off by a vote of 17 to 8 (ten Republicans, seven Democrats v. eight Democrats) the Forand bill (TIME, April 4), which would provide old-age medical and surgical benefits to Social Security pensioners at a cost —to be paid for by increased Social Security taxes—estimated to run $2 billion in the first year and up to $7.5 billion...

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