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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.

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 29, 1960. SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE, 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.

A. J. HAYES, International President.

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 29, 1960. SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE, New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

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, W18., 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.

INDIANAPOLIS, IND., June 29, 1960. SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE, 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-CI0.

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.

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

CLEVELAND, OHIO, June 29, 1960. SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE, 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.

H. E. GILBERT.

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MILWAUKEE, W18, June 29, 1960. SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE, New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

We urge the Finance Committee to act favorably on legislation to provide. medical care for our aged. These people are the victims of time and are left stranded in a sea of high economy. We further urge that the committee place the responsibility of administering the welfare of our aged under the social security system and not to subject them to pauperism by submitting to a means test.

GEORGE A. HABERMAN,
President, Wisconsin State AFL-CIO.

GEORGE W. HALL,
Secretary-Treasurer, Wisconsin State AFL-CIO.

OKLAHOMA CITY, ORLA., June 29, 1960. SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE, New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

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

J. J. CALDWELL, Secretary-Treasurer, Oklahoma AFL-C10.

CINCINNATI, OHIO, June 29, 1960. SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE, New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

On behalf of the 65,000 members of the International Union of United Brewery, Flour, Cereal, Soft Drink, and Distillery Workers of America, we urge the members of your committee to support and adopt the medical care benefits for the aged within the social security system.

JOSEPH E. BRADY, Director of Legislation.

HIGHLAND PARK, Mich., June 29, 1960. SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE, New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

Respectfully request your committee adopt program providing medical care benefits for aged within social security system. Two hundred thousand maintenance-of-way employees and their families favor this method of caring for our older people. The means test proposal is wholly inadequate.

HAROLD C. CROTTY, President, Brotherhood of Maintenance-of-Way Employees.

KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 29, 1960. SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE, New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

In behalf of my organization, the Brotherhood of Railway Car Men of America, request your committee adopt medical care benefits for the aged with social security system and oppose means test legislation. Your consideration will be greatly appreciated.

A. J. BERNHARDT, General President.

ALBANY, N.Y., June 29, 1960. SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE, U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.

GENTLEMEN: We vigorously support the concept of medical care for the aged under the social security system and urge your committee to include provisions of this sort in a bill reported out to the Senate.

No single piece of legislation is viewed with greater urgency by the 140,000 members of this union. This has been demonstrated in thousands of signatures to Forand bill petitions sent through this office to the Congress.

This concept is fully in keeping with the American tradition of Government accepting responsibility where private sectors of our economy have been unable to cope with a pressing human need. We have had firsthand experience attempting to negotiate aged health care insurance into our union group plans. The cost is so prohibitive that our raising this issue has only served to arouse bitter employer opposition. Obviously this need can only be met on an economical basis through a national program tied into the already tried and proven social security system,

Under no circumstances would we favor legislation of this type which made availability of medical care contingent upon a means test. This would be a cruel indignity to the senior citizens of America who should at least have the medical care provisions outlined in the Forand bill.

The contents of this message have been read to, and unanimously approved by, the international executive board of our union now in session at Albany.

PAUL L. PHILLIPS, President, United Papermakers & Paperworkers, AFL-CIO.

TOLEDO, OHIO, June 29, 1960. SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE, New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

The 30,000 members and officers of the American Flint Glass Workers Union of North America urgently request the members of the Senate Finance Committee to adopt medical care benefits for aged within social security system. Strictly opposed to any legislation containing a State Public Assistance program to retirees who are impoverished.

CHARLES M. SCHEEF, International President.

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., June 29, 1960. SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE, New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

Medical care for aged urgently needed. Urge adoption of social security system plan without applying means test.

JOHN W. FOSTER, M.D.

UNION CITY, N.J., June 29, 1960. SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE, New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

Our international union at its recently concluded convention called upon Congress to adopt legislation providing for medical care benefits for aged within the framework of the social security system. Any departure from this procedure would result in watered down legislation that would fall far short of meeting the needs of the aged. This would be particularly true of the introduction of a means test provision that is administratively unsound and humiliating in its application. We urge you to pass legislation incorporating the sound and equitable principle of the Forand Bill.

MORT BRANDENBURG,
General President, Distillery Rectifying Wine and Allied Workers,

International Union of America, Affiliated with the AFL-CIO.

BANGOR, MAINE., June 29, 1960. SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE, New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

We strongly urge adoption of medical care for the aged with the social security program. We strongly oppose the means test as not necessary.

ALBERT B. CAMIRE, President, the Bangor Builders Construction Trade Council.

BANGOR, MAINE, June 29, 1960. SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE, New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.O.:

Third biennial convention just concluded adopted a resolution unanimously urging the Congress to enact legislation to give medical care for the aged without a means test and under the social security system.

B. J. DORSKY, Maine State Federated Labor Council.

BANGOR, MAINE, June 29, 1960. SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE, New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.O.:

Urge you adopt medical care benefits for aged under social security program also urge you oppose means test.

CARPENTERS LOCAL UNION 621.

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NEWARK, N.J., June 29, 1960. SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE, Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

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

JOEL R. JACOBSON, President, New Jersey State CIO Council 772.

BANGOR MAINE, June 29, 1960. SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

Our local union urges that the committee adopt a medical care benefit program for the aged within the social security system. Opposed to the means test.

EDWARD L, BRAŁEY, Business Agent, Local 321, Plumbers and Fitters.

PHILADELPHIA, PA., June 30, 1960. Senator HARRY F. BYRD, Chairman, Senate Finance Committee, New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

Respectfully urge committee adopt medical care benefits for aged within social security system. Pauper test legislation on this subject a disgrace.

ANDREW JANASKIE, General President, American Federation of Hosiery Workers.

BALTIMORE, MD., June 30, 1960. SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE, New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

Urge your committee adopt medical care benefits for our senior citizens within our social security system and oppose means test legislation.

W. F. STRONG, President, Maryland State and District of Columbia AFL-CIO.

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