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March 7, 2001

MedicareThe Politics of Medicare

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2001;285(9):1220. doi:10.1001/jama.285.9.1220-JBK0307-2-1

This book provides just what its title promises. It is an analysis of the political process that surrounded the passage and implementation of the Medicare program. Unfortunately, for most readers the politics is less interesting than the substance. This is neither an historical text nor a policy analysis, and better sources for each are available.1,2 As a result it does not offer a coherent account of the evolution of Medicare or an analysis of the effects of these changes. It was not intended to.

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