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Schweiker quits the Cabinet

When he was appointed two years ago by President-elect Reagan to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, Richard Schweiker, 56, wanted to be remembered as the Cabinet member who put preventive medicine at the top of the nation's health agenda. He will probably be better known, however, as the man who attempted to trim federal welfare rolls and overhaul Medicare and formally presented the Administration's plan to reduce Social Security benefits, a proposal that went down in a flurry of controversy.

Last week Schweiker announced that he was resigning his $80,100-a-year post to become president of the...

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