Nancy Altman

It's Medicare and Medicaid’s 55th birthday: Let’s expand benefits — not cut them

On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law. This crowning achievement was both the culmination of a decades-long effort to attain guaranteed universal health insurance and the first step in the quest for Medicare for All.

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Warning: Republicans are plotting to raid Social Security

Donald Trump is obsessed with defunding Social Security. In the midst of a catastrophic pandemic, millions of Americans are facing eviction and hunger if Congress doesn’t act now to extend unemployment benefits. Essential workers are in desperate need of testing and protective equipment.

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Trump is using the coronavirus to launch a Trojan horse attack on Social Security

Donald Trump’s proposal to cut the payroll contribution rate is a stealth attack on Social Security. Even if the proposal were to replace Social Security’s dedicated revenue with deficit-funded general revenue, the proposal would undermine this vital program.

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Trump’s awful Labor Day trifecta: Attacking workers, Social Security, and government itself

Labor Day is a holiday designed to honor America’s workers. Instead, Donald Trump continues to attack them. Indeed, his administration is in the midst of a stealth effort that not only attacks workers but also our earned Social Security benefits and our federal government. The long-term goals of Trump and his Congressional allies are to destroy the labor movement, wreck the federal government, and end Social Security.

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Lower Drug Prices Now: The power of the pharmaceutical industry is entrenched in our political system. Here's how you can fight back

Across 34 states today, the American people had one unified message for their elected representatives in Washington, D.C.: lower drug prices now.

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It’s Medicare’s birthday — here's how to improve it and give it to everyone

Fifty-four years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law. Over half a century later, Medicare has proven its tremendous worth. Before Medicare, nearly half of all seniors were uninsured. Now, virtually all Americans who have reached their 65th birthday are covered. Medicare is extremely popular, considerably more so than private for-profit health insurance. It is also far more efficient: Medicare has administrative costs of just 1.4 percent, while the administrative costs of private for-profit health insurance average more than 12 percent.

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This Labor Day, Gear Up to Stop Trump and GOP War on Workers

Labor Day is traditionally a time to honor workers and their invaluable contributions. But this year, it’s also a time to recognize the fact that American workers are under attack from the Trump administration, Republicans in Congress, and the billionaire donor class that owns these politicians. This Labor Day is an opportunity to join together and make plans to fight back.

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Here's Why the Social Security Debate is Replete with Revisionist History

President Franklin Roosevelt signed our Social Security system into law eighty-three years ago today, on August 14, 1935. It has stood the test of time.

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It's Medicare's 53rd Birthday - Here's Why Everyone Should Have It

On July 30th, 1965, Medicare became the law of the land. For over a half century, it has stood as a shining example of government at its best. Today, it efficiently provides high-quality health care to nearly 50 million seniors and nearly 9 million Americans with disabilities.

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Why Medicare for All Is Political Dynamite for the Democratic Party

In 1965, when Medicare for seniors was enacted, its champions saw it as a first step toward Medicare for All. When Medicare was expanded in 1972 to cover people with disabilities, a second big step toward that goal was taken. Many thought Medicare for children—Medikids or Kiddicare, as it was sometimes called—was just around the corner.

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