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Merchant Marines #275673

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Feb 26, 1981
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(Studio) President Reagan's economy plan noted calling for elimination of free medical care for merchant marines.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) History of merchant marines recing. free hospital care noted dating to President John Adams; details given. [National Maritime Union spokesperson Louis AVERELLA - equates seamen's wartime role with that of Army, Navy and Marines; mentions GI Bill of Rights.] Current status of program detailed. [National Maritime Union spokesperson Rudy GANTT - notes public health service hospitals deal with bubonic plague.] Other soc. groups serviced by public health hospitals listed. [Dr. Patrick MATTINGLY - notes unique features of hospitals.] Actual savings to federal government by closing hospitals mentioned.
REPORTER: Robert Schakne

Cronkite, Walter;
Schakne, Robert

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