Medicine: The Politics of Health Care

Neither Republicans nor Democrats any longer question the need for federal action to cope with the rising cost of health care (TIME, June 7). What they disagree on is the method of providing such assistance. Liberal Democrats, led by Senator Edward Kennedy and Representative Martha Griffiths, favor national health insurance under which the Government itself would pay at least 50% of the costs of medical care. President Nixon believes that private enterprise can do the job. His plan would provide Government-sponsored insurance for most—though not all—of the non-working poor. The majority of other people would depend on their employers to share...

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