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 President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Medicare Bill into law on July 30th, 1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Medicare Bill into law on July 30th, 1965By: White House Photograph Office,

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  • The 5 biggest disagreements Republicans have on ObamacareThu Feb 16, 2017 |
    Deep uncertainty and serious divisions within the Republican coalition about the way forward on Obamacare have surfaced in the new Congress, and they’ve put the future of...
  • Still the third rail? Social Security, Medicare mostly unharmed in budget dealTue Oct 27, 2015 |
    Social Security has long earned its status as "the third rail of American politics"--touch it, and your political career gets electrocuted. But its immunity had seemed...
  • It's been 33 years since America's uninsured problem was this smallTue Aug 25, 2015 |
    Earlier this month, the government reported something incredible: Just 9.2 percent of Americans lack health insurance. Why such big news? As I flagged at Forbes, it was...
  • Expand Medicare, You Damn IdiotsFri Jul 31, 2015 |
    Every so often—okay, not very often actually, but more often than I hunt, or “take” (what a verb!), lions—I feel a little wistful about the Republican Party we all once...
  • Life and Death in Brownback’s KansasThu Jun 11, 2015 |
    RaDonna Kuekelhan and her sister, Cathy O’Mara, have spent their whole lives in and around southeast Kansas, a largely rural area wedged up against Oklahoma and Missouri....
  • A New Supreme Court Ruling On Medicaid Just Put 68 Million People At RiskFri Apr 03, 2015 |
    When it comes to health care at the Supreme Court this year, all eyes are focused on the Obamacare tax credits case, King v. Burwell. But a case decided this week,...
  • The Huge Boehner-Pelosi Deal That Could Change Medicare ForeverThu Mar 19, 2015 |
    The House's top two leaders are on the verge of securing a sweeping deal to permanently fix a gaping hole in Medicare that has haunted Congress for more than a decade while...
  • 16 Million Fewer Uninsured Thanks To ObamacareMon Mar 16, 2015 |
    More than 16 million Americans gained health coverage because of the Affordable Care Act, mainly via the law's health insurance exchange and Medicaid expansion, according...
  • The Obamacare Dilemma for Republican GovernorsTue Oct 21, 2014 |
    Pity the poor Republican governor. Take John Kasich of Ohio. He's caught between a state budget that has to be balanced every year, one of the least healthy state...
  • Obamacare 2.0Mon Sep 29, 2014 |
    Since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the law has weathered a government shutdown, a Supreme Court challenge and scores of political attack ads. But...
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