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How Medicare was made

from The New Yorker

According to author Julian E. Zelizer: Fifty years ago, Congress created Medicare and Medicaid and remade American health care. The number of elderly citizens lacking access to hospitals and doctors plummeted. Hospitals, physicians, and state and local governments came to depend on this federal funding. We have a tendency to forget the history of laws that extended the obligations and commitments of the federal government. But the passage of Medicare and Medicaid, which shattered the barriers that had separated the federal government and the healthcare system, was no less contentious than the recent debates about the Affordable Care Act. more


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