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JAMA. 1967;199(5):19-21. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120050011003.
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Medicare Expansion—  President Johnson urged Congress to extend medicare benefits to the 1.3 million permanently disabled persons under 65 who now receive Social Security disability payments.No other changes in medicare were recommended by the Chief Executive in his State of the Union speech, but later amendments may be submitted to Congress, perhaps in the form of a special message on health.Johnson also asked Congress to approve a $4.1 billion increase in Social Security cash benefits, an overall 20% boost with higher increases at minimum payment levels.To finance the changes, the maximum earnings base (now $6,600 a year) and the tax would have to be increased.Other points mentioned by Johnson:

  • Eliminate "unjust discrimination in employment because of age."

  • Raise the limits retired workers can earn without losing Social Security income.

  • Vastly expand the fight for clean air by setting up "regional airsheds" throughout the

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