Testimony–Public Programs: Critical Building Blocks in Health Reform

Source: Karen Davis, Commonwealth Fund, June 16, 2008

From the summary:
As the nation begins serious consideration of health reform, it is instructive to review the contributions of Medicare and Medicaid over their 40-year history in covering the sickest and poorest Americans–those who typically do not fare well in private insurance markets. These programs have improved access to health care for many of our most vulnerable citizens, and warrant serious consideration as building blocks in a system of seamless coverage for America’s 47 million uninsured people.
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