The Congress: Familiar Figure

When it gets around to voting this week on a "new" medicare bill, the Senate will not have to gaze very hard to spy the familiar figure of a controversial companion.

Under attack by medical lobbies and opposed by most Republican and many Democratic Senators, the Kennedy Administration's King-Anderson bill to provide hospital care for the aged under social security has disappeared from view. In its place last week appeared a bipartisan compromise disguised in the legislative equivalent of a newly donned jacket and a different style of hairsplitting. But though the disguise failed to alarm King-Anderson's friends, it also...

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