Insurance: A Premium from Medicare

The insurance industry was second only to the medical profession in battling the advent of medicare. For years, insurance lobbyists in Washington opposed any Government-sponsored health-insurance program. Last week the insurance industry's representatives were still active, but this time it was at the huge social-security complex on the outskirts of Baltimore, where they are negotiating with the Government to get their share of medicare. Most insurance companies now realize that medicare, far from being the disaster they once predicted, may prove to be a welcome pep pill for their industry.

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