"I'm against this," said the President to his advisers, "but Dick is going to have to live with it, and maybe we'd better have a look." That was a month ago, when the hot election-year winds began to fan the long-smoldering campaign for federal medical aid for the aged. Since then, under Vice President Richard Nixon's direction, the Administration has been hurriedly putting together a medical-aid program to compete with the highly publicized Democratic Forand bill (TIME, May 9), which calls for compulsory old-age medical insurance hitched to increases in the social...

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