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Carter Budget / Hospital Costs / Def. #250552

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 22, 1977
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(Studio) Carter budget request for ceiling on hospital costs reflects administration concern with regard to spiraling health care costs, which went up 15% last year
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(NYC) Rising hospital costs since 1967 noted. Opposition to ceiling cited. [New York Hospital Association chairperson Irvin WILMOT - says decision with regard to kind of health care and its cost shouldn't be made just by government or hospitals, but by society.] Plan will be debated and could change much before put to vote.
REPORTER: Mitchell Krauss

(Studio) Carter defense cuts noted; 1 is in B-1 bomber production.

(Edwards AFB, California) Some say cruise missile is cheaper, better alternative to B-1. (General Dynamics Corporation film shown.) Details with regard to missile noted, incl. dvts. to drop them from planes like 747 or B-52 bombers. Some say missile better deterrent to USSR than B-1; costs compared. [Representative Morris UDALL - says B-52 good for 20 years and B-1 not needed.] Former deputy defense secretary Paul Nitze takes different view. [NITZE - says by end of B-52 revisions cost will be same as B-1.] Cruise missile may be outlawed by SALT II agreement, which will give B-1 boost. Carter must decide with regard to B-1 by end of May. [UDALL - says if United States life changed to such as in China (PR), then all weapons systems desired by Pentagon, Rockwell International or anyone could be made.] [United States Air Force flight test cntr. commander Major General Thomas STAFFORD - says if imbalance created in strategic effort, instability in intl. relations created. Says there's not imbalance now, but by 1980, with respect to ICBM's and other weapons, there will be. Says B-1 will make up some of difference.]
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

Krauss, Mitchell;
Mudd, Roger;
Pappas, Ike;
Reasoner, Harry

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