The Congress: Just for the Record

For more than two decades, Congress has been wrangling about federal medical care for the aged. In his 1960 campaign, John Kennedy vowed without qualification that his Administration would persuade a Democratic Congress to pass a medicare bill, to be financed under the social security system. But Kennedy reckoned without the opposition of Arkansas' Democratic Representative Wilbur Mills. Mills was not against medicare itself, but he certainly was against any sort of program that would—as he thought—wreck the sound financing of the whole social security program. And as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Mills could and...

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