Setting the 50-Year Record Straight

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015

Over the past half-century, Medicare and Medicaid have become bedrocks of the U.S. health care system, together providing insurance coverage for more than 100 million people. Yet, these programs remain controversial, a battleground between those opponents who perceive them to be costly, "big government" programs and supporters who see them as essential to the nation's commitment to safeguard the most vulnerable among us. Not surprisingly, many myths have emerged in the highly politicized debate about these policies. The 50th anniversary of both programs on July 30 offers a chance to set some of the record straight.

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