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Medicare Turns 50: More Than Three-Million New Yorkers Covered

PHOTO: Nurses rallied in cities across the US Thursday to preserve and improve Medicare and extend coverage to everyone. Photo courtesy of National Nurses United.
PHOTO: Nurses rallied in cities across the US Thursday to preserve and improve Medicare and extend coverage to everyone. Photo courtesy of National Nurses United.
July 30, 2015

NEW YORK – Today is the 50th anniversary of Medicare, and the program's advocates are using the occasion to push for a major expansion.

Medicare provides health care to 55 million Americans, including 3.3 million New Yorkers.

Its supporters say it has been so successful that the country ought to consider universal, government-funded health care – a kind of Medicare for all.

Dr. David Himmelstein, co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program, says Medicare eases the burdens many seniors face, and does it with one-sixth the overhead costs of private insurance.

"Medicare has been vital to improve both the physical and mental health and financial health of the elderly, who were largely abandoned by the private insurance industry before Medicare existed," he stresses.

Opponents of universal health care say the government has too much control over people's lives already.

But Alice Brody, state coordinator of the group Single Payer New York, says it's time the U.S. caught up with other nations, including Canada, France and Great Britain, which have had government health programs for all citizens for years.

"All of the developed countries, basically, have a system that's similar to Medicare, but even goes beyond that," she points out.

National Nurses United, along with the Medicare Turns 50 Coalition, holds events to celebrate the anniversary in 30 cities across the country today, including New York City, Buffalo and Cohoes, near Albany.

The nurses want Congress to support House Resolution 676, which would expand Medicare to all U.S. residents.


Andrea Sears, Public News Service - NY