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Special Assignment (Vets. Health Care) #107499

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 17, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Chicago, Illinois: Ken Kashiwahara) Debate over President Reagan's proposed cutbacks in free health care services for vets. and their dependents, begun by Abraham Lincoln, examined; details given, scenes shown. [Vets. George KELLEY, Mike LEAVECK - disagree on issue.] Size of Vets. Admin. medical care system described. [Senator Alan SIMPSON - favors cutbacks.] Cases of vets. Clifford Glasgow, Clyde Alston &Daniel Harbert compared. [HARBERT, ALSTON - defense benefits.] Florida's experience with Veterans Administration system outlined. [Dr. James SNAPP - notes system is strained to capacity.] [Paralyzed Vets. of America spokesperson Jack POWELL - notes number vets. denied necessary care.] [Veterans Administration dir. Thomas TURNAGE - defs. quality of care.] [Vet. James BRANCHE - cites inability to afford another hospital.] Implications of cutbacks for cnty. hospital systems considered. [Cook Cnty. hospital director Terrance HANSON - denies ability to meet incrd. demands.]

Jennings, Peter;
Kashiwahara, Ken

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