Excerpt of Executive Session Hearing of the Committee on Ways and Means

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For years, Wilbur Mills (D-AR), Chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means, had been an obstacle to health reform, but in the 89th Congress his leadership was crucial in passing legislation that gave the nation Medicare. A committee meeting on March 2 was decisive. The executive session transcription indicates that in addition to H.R. 1, the committee also considered a bill submitted by the panel’s ranking minority member, John W. Byrnes (R-WI), who proposed a more expansive, voluntary program for the elderly that was financed through general revenues and participants’ contributions. Another part of Byrnes’s bill included federal matching funds to states that provided subsidies for those who could not afford to participate in the voluntary program. Toward the end of this crucial meeting, Chairman Mills surprised the committee members when he ordered the staff to draw up an entirely new bill that combined H.R. 1 and Byrne’s bill. Participants in the March 2 session described this combination as a “three-layer cake.”

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United States. Congress. House. Committee on Ways and Means. "Excerpt of Executive Session Hearing of the Committee on Ways and Means." Excerpt of Executive Session Hearing of the Committee on Ways and Means, March 2, 1965; Minutes of the House Committee on Ways and Means, Volume 3 of 9; Committee on Ways and Means; 89th Congress; Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, RG 233; National Archives.. Accessed 30 May 2024. https://acsc.lib.udel.edu/items/show/193.

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Excerpt of Executive Session Hearing of the Committee on Ways and Means

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Medicare Act of 1965

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For years, Wilbur Mills (D-AR), Chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means, had been an obstacle to health reform, but in the 89th Congress his leadership was crucial in passing legislation that gave the nation Medicare. A committee meeting on March 2 was decisive. The executive session transcription indicates that in addition to H.R. 1, the committee also considered a bill submitted by the panel’s ranking minority member, John W. Byrnes (R-WI), who proposed a more expansive, voluntary program for the elderly that was financed through general revenues and participants’ contributions. Another part of Byrnes’s bill included federal matching funds to states that provided subsidies for those who could not afford to participate in the voluntary program. Toward the end of this crucial meeting, Chairman Mills surprised the committee members when he ordered the staff to draw up an entirely new bill that combined H.R. 1 and Byrne’s bill. Participants in the March 2 session described this combination as a “three-layer cake.”

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United States. Congress. House. Committee on Ways and Means

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Excerpt of Executive Session Hearing of the Committee on Ways and Means, March 2, 1965; Minutes of the House Committee on Ways and Means, Volume 3 of 9; Committee on Ways and Means; 89th Congress; Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, RG 233; National Archives.

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Association of Centers for the Study of Congress

Date

1965-03-02

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Center for Legislative Archives, National Archives and Records Administration

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