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work of the committee in the closing days of the congressional session. I ask that this telegram expressing my stand in favor of adding health benefits to the OASDI system be placed in the committee's record in lieu of my appearance before the committee.

Hon. HARRY BYRD,

WARREN F. DRAPER, M.D.,

Executive Medical Officer, UMWA Welfare.

Chairman, Senate Finance Committee,

New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

ST. LOUIS, Mo., June 29, 1960.

The Missouri State Labor Council AFL-CIO respectfully urges your committee to approve medical care benefits for the aged within the social security system. We think this should be done without a means test.

Senator HARRY F. BYRD,

Chairman, Senate Finance Committee,

New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

JOHN I. ROLLINS, President.

WASHINGTON, D.C. June 29, 1960.

May I on behalf of more than 400,000 workers represented by the International Union of Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers AFL-CIO urgently request that you and your colleagues on the Senate Finance Committee give favorable consideration to legislation providing medical care for the aged within the Federal social security system. At the same time our international union is strongly opposed to the imposition of any means test.

I can assure you that this represents the militant sentiment of the overwhelming majority of members of our union as concretely evidenced in innumerable local, regional, and national meetings and by thousands of letters and telegrams which I and other leaders of this union have received. I firmly Lelieve that you will be serving not only splendid humanitarian purposes but also purposes of our Nation's welfare and internal strength if you vote approval of this legislation.

JAMES B. CAREY, President, IUE-AFL-CIO.

WASHINGTON, D.C. June 29, 1960.

Senator HARRY F. BYRD,

Chairman, Senate Finance Committee,
Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

This statement is in support of legislation to provide health benefits to aged through an expansion of the existing social security system. Kindly request that this opinion be included in the committee's record. Because of the element of time for adjournment it is impossible for me to appear personally before the committee such a request is made.

DR. E. C. MAZIQUE, President, National Medical Association.

Hon. HARRY F. BYRD,

PHILADELPHIA, PA., June 29, 1960.

Committee on Finance,

U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.:

On behalf of the city of Philadelphia and its 2 million inhabitants I desire to testify in support of legislation to provide health benefits to aged through social security system. Contributory social insurance is far superior to StateFederal means test approach. Blue Cross hearings in Pennsylvania have demonstrated serious health problems of the aged. Social security approach is akin to insurance while the means test approach tends to pauperize recipients. Since I do not wish to delay committee's work, I will gladly forgo presenting my view personally but wish to be on record regarding the urgent need for adding health benefits to the OASDI system at this session of Congress.

DAVID BERGER,
City Solicitor of Philadelphia.

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 29, 1960.

Hon. HARRY F. BYRD,

Chairman, Committee on Finance,

U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.:

The National Consumers League has long supported the establishment of a system of health benefits for the aged under the social security law. We have studied many alternative proposals over the years and have concluded that there is no more effective, economical, and dignified way of providing our elder citizens with the health care they so desperately need. The approach taken in the bill passed recently by the House of Representatives utilizing a means test under a Federal-State public assistance program is inadequate and does not solve the problem. Because we feel so strongly that it is urgent for the Senate to act during the current session we would like very much to testify in detail on our views before your committee. But recognizing the need for brief hearing to enable the Senate to act before adjournment, we are taking this means of presenting in capsule form for the committee's consideration our strong views in support of a contributory health insurance program for the aged under the Social Security System. We urge your committee to act in support of the simple and democratic solution of the health needs of our elder citizens. Please include this telegram in the record of the hearing. VERA MAYER,

General Secretary, National Consumers League.

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 29, 1960.

Hon. HARRY FLOOD BYRD,

Room 2227, New Senate Office Building,
Washington, D.C.:

On behalf of the members of the American Bakery & Confectionery Workers' International Union, AFL-CIO, we urge most strongly that the Senate Finance Committee approve legislation calling for medical care benefits for the aged within the Social Security System as being the most reasonable, effective, and practical way of dealing with an extremely pressing problem facing the senior citizens of our Nation. By the same token we are most emphatically opposed to any proposal which demands a means test.

DANIEL E. CONWAY,
International President,

American Bakery & Confectionery Workers International Union.

Hon. HARRY FLOOD BYRD,

NEW YORK, N.Y., June 29, 1960.

Chairman, Senate Finance Committee,

Room 2227, New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

On behalf of more than a quarter of million members of the American Federation of Musicians, may I urge favorable consideration by you and your committee colleagues of legislation now before you that would provide medical care benefits for the aged within the social security system. We are opposed to means test provisions as proposed.

HERMAN KENIN, President, American Federation of Musicians, AFL-CIO.

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 29, 1960.

Hon. HARRY FLOOD BYRD,

Chairman, Senate Finance Committee, Room 2227, New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

Urge support of medical care benefits for aged through social security system. Use of a means test must be avoided and principle of health benefits through social insurance maintained. Recommend that bill (S. 3503) introduced by Senator McNamara be reported out of committee.

ARNOLD S. ZANDER,

International President, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees.

NEW YORK, N.Y., June 29, 1960.

Hon. HARRY F. BYRD,

Chairman, Senate Finance Committee,
Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

We should like to testify in support of legislation to provide health benefits to aged through social security system contributory social insurance superior to State-Federal means test approach period but we do not want to delay committee's work so we will forgo presenting our views personally and wish to be on record regarding urgent need for adding health benefits to OASI system at this session of Congress.

COUNCIL OF THE GOLDEN RING CLUBS

OF SENIOR CITIZENS,

ADOLPH HELD, Chairman.

DETROIT, MICH., June 29, 1960.

Senator HARRY BYRD,

Chairman, Senate Finance Committee,
Room 2227, New Senate Office Building,
Washington, D.C.:

In view of the fact that hearings on H.R. 12580 are scheduled for only June 29 and 30 and because of the short time remaining to the Congress, I do not believe it is necessary for me to appear in person to testify. I would however like to have the views of the International Union, United Automobile, Aircraft & Agricultural Implement Workers of America, on health insurance for the aged recorded as follows: We believe that the subject has been thoroughly studied and the issues thoroughly debated. Out of all this public discussion one conclusion remains clear-financing of hospital and medical is the most pressing problem for millions of America's older citizens. Our own experience with over 100,000 living retired UAW workers confirms this. We believe the problem is an urgent one and that congressional action is needed in this legislative session. We urge you to reject any Federal-State or means test approach as the basic solution to providing health care to the aged. Such programs will not meet the problem, are fiscally impractical, and would undermine the dignity of the hard-pressed aged. We strongly urge that you adopt a measure based on use of the social insurance system to provide benefits as a matter of right on an actuarially sound and feasible basis.

WALTER P. REUTHER,

President, International Union, United Automobile, Aircraft & Agricultural Implement Workers of America.

TRENTON, N.J., June 28, 1960.

Hon. HARRY BYRD,

Chairman, Senate Finance Committee,
Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.

DEAR SENATOR BYRD: We respectfully urge you to support the Mills bill title XVI, H.R. 12580 as adopted by the House of Representatives on June 23 and to disapprove any amendments that might be offered which will place old-age medical care within the realm of social security. Very truly yours,

The SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE,

New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C:

JOHN J. DEBUS, R.P., MPA Secretary. RALEIGH, N.C., June 29, 1960.

The officers and members of the North Carolina State AFL-CIO respectfully request and urge you to adopt a medical care program with benefits for the aged within the social security system. The program proposed by the administration is unrealistic, unworkable, and absolutely not in the best interest of anyone but the large insurance companies. The helpless aged people of America are looking to you for help. Please do not desert them by favoring the rich insurance carriers.

W. M. BARBEE, President North Carolina State AFL-CIO.

CHICAGO, ILL., June 29, 1960.

SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE,

New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

The thousands of members of my organization urge your committee adopt medical care benefits for aged within the social security system, we oppose the means-test legislation.

JESSE CLARK, President, Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen.

SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE,

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 29, 1960.

New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

The Tobacco Workers International Union and its membership urge your committee to adopt medical care benefits for aged within social security system. We oppose means-test legislation.

JOHN O'HARE,

President.

R. J. PETREE,

Secretary-Treasurer, Tobacco Workers International Union AFL-CIO.

BOSTON, MASS., June 29, 1960.

Senator HARRY F. BYRD,

Chairman, Senate Finance Committee,
New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

The Massachusetts State labor council is genuinely concerned about the need for a medical care program for the aged integrated with the social security system. In our opinion, the legislation enacted by the House is most inadequate and impractical it would turn the needy over to the greedy. Strongly urge that your committee speedily approve a medical benefit for the aged program as part of the social security system.

KENNETH J. KELLEY,

Secretary-Treasurer, Massachusetts State Labor Council.

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 29, 1960.

Senator HARRY BYRD,

Chairman, Senate Finance Committee,

New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

In behalf of the International Association of Machinists I respectfully urge your committee to adopt a medical care program for the aged within the structure of the present social security system. We are unalterably opposed to the means-test legislation adopted by the House of Representatives.

SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE,

New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

A. J. HAYES, International President.

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 29, 1960.

We earnestly request your consideration of pending social security legislation before your committee on behalf of the aged. We feel means-test legislation is most inadequate and will be detrimental in providing care needed by our elderly citizens. We urge your committee's approval to provide medical care benefits within social security system.

THOMAS F. MURPHY,

Secretary, Bricklayers, Masons & Plasterers International Union of America.

MARINETTE, Wis., June 29, 1960.

SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE,

New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.

HONORABLE GENTLEMEN: The International Glove Workers Union of America is asking your support in adopting a medical care benefits for the aged within the social security system.

JOSEPH GOODFELLOW, President, International Glove Workers Union, America.

SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE,

INDIANAPOLIS, IND., June 29, 1960.

New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

On behalf of the 325,000 members of the Indiana State AFL-CIO, we urge committee adopt medical care benefits for aged within social security system and we oppose means-test legislation.

DALLAS SELLS,

President Indiana State AFL-CIO.

MAX F. WRIGH,

Secretary-Treasurer, Indiana State AFL-CIO.

NASHUA, N.H., June 29, 1960.

SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE,

New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

Urge committee adopt medical care benefits for aged within social security system and oppose means-test legislation.

THOMAS J. PITARYS, President, New Hampshire State AFL-CIO.

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 29, 1960.

SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE,

New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

The Pattern Makers League of North America urges you to work and vote for medical care benefits for the aged within the framework and principles of the social security system. We urge you to oppose patently unfair and unrealistic means-test legislation.

Respectfully.

G. HALLSTROM, General President.

OMAHA, NEBR., June 29, 1960.

SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE,

New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

We urgently request adoption medical care benefits for aged within social security system and oppose means-test legislation.

SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE,

R. W. NISLEY, President, Nebraska State AFL-CIO.

CLEVELAND, OHIO, June 29, 1960.

New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

On behalf of Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen & Enginemen which I represent as its president I cannot urge your honorable committee too strongly to adopt medical care benefits for aged within social security system. I am opposed to the means-test legislation.

58387-60- -23

H. E. GILBERT.

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