Why Health Care Hot Potato for Elderly Can Be Touched Efforts to Cut Medicare and Medicaid Once Hurt Careers. No Longer
Linda Feldmann, writer of The Christian Science Monitor, The Christian Science Monitor
IT'S August 1989, and senior citizens are hopping mad. Congress has approved new Medicare benefits to protect against catastrophic medical expenses, and the elderly don't want to pay extra for it. In one of the most striking scenes from any August recess in memory, Rep. Dan Rostenkowski (D) of Illinois, then one of the most powerful members of Congress, is chased down in his district by angry seniors chanting "liar!" and "impeach!" Other members are deluged with protest. The message: Increase fees for Medicare, and you touch the high-voltage "third rail" of politics. Congress quickly repealed the law. Cut to the fall of 1995. The entire Medicare system is on the table. …
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Publication information: Article title: Why Health Care Hot Potato for Elderly Can Be Touched Efforts to Cut Medicare and Medicaid Once Hurt Careers. No Longer. Contributors: Linda Feldmann, writer of The Christian Science Monitor - Author. Newspaper title: The Christian Science Monitor. Publication date: September 26, 1995. Page number: 3. © 2009 The Christian Science Publishing Society. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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