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Letter from President Eisenhower to Oveta Culp Hobby

This document relates to welfare policy., The White House Washington Augusta, Georgia December 27, 1954 Dear Oveta: The other day I told the Director of the Bureau of the Budget that I thought we should go ahead with assistance to the states, to take care of the indigent, with an appropriation limited to 20 million dollars this year. I must tell you personally, however, that this proposition worries me very much. I find it hard to lay down a real reason for further assistance for the five million involved, while ignoring the other twenty-five million who cannot afford health insurance. We may be, here, opening up a Pandora's box. I am always uneasy when I start on something I cannot at least faintly see the end of the road. I wish you would think some more on this subject and be ready to talk to me soon. If the French situation does not look better, I shall probably come on back in a day or so. On the other hand, if we have a favorable vote there, I may stay here until January second. In the latter event, won't you give me a call some morning around 8;30 to 9:00, and we can chat on the phone about this matter? I do hope you are getting some rest during this holiday season, but I very much doubt it, knowing what the breadth and scope and difficulty of your program is. With all the best, As ever, [circular stamp "The Dwight D. Eisenhower Library"] The Honorable Oveta Culp Hobby, Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington
National Archives and Records Administration
Part of:
Dwight D. Eisenhower Diary December 1954 (1), Dwight D. Eisenhower Diary
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