Medicine: Moving on Health Care

Though most Americans and their elected officials now agree that some form of national health insurance is essential, they have been unable to agree on a program. The most ambitious politicians have urged a comprehensive, European-style approach, others a more modest plan to cover the costs of financially catastrophic illness. The Nixon Administration has steered a middle course; its plan could ultimately offer all Americans some form of coverage through private insurance companies (TIME, Feb. 18). Last week two of the President's most powerful opponents followed the Administration's lead. Senator Edward Kennedy...

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