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Medicare at 50: Looking back, and looking forward

(By – Greg Sargent,

Fifty years ago this week, Lyndon Johnson signed into law Medicare, the first truly ambitious realization of the long-harbored liberal goal of securing a role for the federal government in providing health care to the poor and the elderly. He declared:

“No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine. No longer will illness crush and destroy the savings that they have so carefully put away over a lifetime so that they might enjoy dignity in their later years.”

What should we remember about Medicare’s passage and history, a half century later? Read more…


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