The Administration: The Salami Slicer

In 1934, when Lyndon Johnson was a lowly aide to a lowly Texas Congressman, Wilbur Cohen was busy helping to draft the law that established Social Security, a keystone for both the New Deal and the Great Society. Down the years, Cohen co-authored many other major social measures, from the 1946 act that put federal money into the financing of new hospitals to Medicare in 1965. But even after he be came Under Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare three years ago, he remained a back-room man. Now, as President Johnson's nominee to replace John Gardner as Secretary, Cohen,...

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