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Roger Stark, MD, FACS; WPC Health Care Policy Analyst, September, 2015
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.