The Democratization of Health Care: Medicare and Original Intent
Huffingtonpost.com: Gary Puckrein, 05/17/2012 2:01 pm.
When government launched the Medicare program, it made a pact with the American people that President Lyndon Johnson articulated (his statement) at the July 30, 1965 signing ceremony for the enabling legislation:
No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine. No longer will illness crush and destroy the savings that they have so carefully put away over a lifetime so that they might enjoy dignity in their later years. No longer will young families see their own incomes, and their own hopes, eaten away simply because they are carrying out their deep moral obligations to their parents, and to their uncles, and their aunts. And no longer will this Nation refuse the hand of justice to those who have given a lifetime of service and wisdom and labor to the progress of this progressive country.
Fast forward to the August 7, 2009 correspondence from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Douglas W. Elmendorf (his letter) to Congressman Nathan Deal’s inquiry regarding CBO’s ability to recognize savings to Medicare that might occur from the provision of preventive services to seniors. His letter raises legitimate concerns about whether the original intent of the Medicare program has been distorted. The CBO director writes: Read more