Easing Pains

Medical care for the jobless

President Reagan had once promised that his Administration would help laid-off workers whose health insurance had disappeared with their jobs. Said he: "We're certainly not going to stand by and see that people, because of the misfortune of unemployment, are going to be denied necessary medical care."

The details of the Administration's solution emerged last week, and they came from Office of Management and Budget Director David Stockman. There were few surprises. The suggested program provides no new money, relies heavily on voluntarism, and is freighted with pay-as-you-go features. Stockman told a Senate Finance Committee hearing: "Any...

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