Nation: Dr. Ward's Last Words

American Medical Association President Dr. Donovan F. Ward, a Dubuque, Iowa, surgeon, knew full well that his testimony would not "stay in the slightest degree the hand of the Senate in the approval of this bill." But the prospect of imminent congressional approval of the Administration's $6 billion-a-year medicare bill did not deter Ward from uttering some last words about his organization's opposition to the measure. Last week, before the Senate Finance Committee, he did just that, without rancor but with deep feeling.

"This may be your last chance to weigh the consequences of...