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The Politics of Medicare and Medicaid, 50 Years Later

(By – Kenneth T. Walsh,

There’s an important lesson for today’s politicians in the genesis of Medicare, one of the nation’s landmark social programs, which was created July 30, 1965 – 50 years ago this week. It’s that government can do big things and succeed in massive projects if officials stick to their guns, offer effective leadership, nurture public support and take advantage immediately when the public mood shifts in their direction. Read more…


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