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Medicare and Medicaid at 50 - decades of increasing costs and diminishing services reveal the problems of socialized medicine
Dr. Roger Stark, MD, FACS & WPC Health Care Policy Analyst, August, 2015
Medicare and Medicaid were enacted in 1965 as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s ambitious Great Society effort to end poverty. The original programs were designed to provide health insurance for all seniors 65 and older and for children of low-income families. Although opponents warned the programs were the first steps to socialized medicine, the law was supported by Democrats and Republicans.
Roger Stark, MD, FACS and WPC Health Care Policy Analyst, August, 2015
Washington state has the questionable honor of being the location of the first measles death in the United States in 12 years. So far this year, 178 U.S. residents have been diagnosed with the disease.
A recent outbreak of measles at Disneyland brought further attention to the issue of vaccination rates among children. With widespread use of the current MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, rubella), contracting measles, once a rite of passage for children, should be a disease relegated to the history books. Unfortunately, the reality is quite different.