Medicare at 50: An Aging Program Shows Signs of Wear

 – April 2, 2015  –– 

As a young physician, my perspective on Medicare as the program turns 50 is informed by both the good and the bad that I have seen it bring my patients. I remember first learning about the Medicare program in high school history class. As we studied President Lyndon Johnson's Great Society and specifically how the Social Security Act fundamentally changed the provision of healthcare in the U.S., I was fascinated by both the politics that enabled its passage and the enduring promise the bill represented for America's seniors. Yet, it was not until I started my medical training that I began to truly understand how politics continued to affect that promise for my patients.

- Dr. Joshua Cohen, Assistant Professor, Neurology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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