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History Of Medicare


This episode originally aired on April 22, 2021.

Congressional Democrats are mulling a proposal to expand healthcare coverage by lowering the eligibility age for Medicare from 65 to 60-years-old, an idea President Biden supported on the campaign trail.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher, we look back at the history of the socialized medical program for seniors, how it has changed over the years and contemporary issues from eligibility to threats of insolvency.


  • Julian E. Zelizer, Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs, Princeton School of Public & International Affairs
  • Tricia Neuman, senior vice president of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and Executive Director of the KFF’s Program on Medicare Policy

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