Marilyn Moon: How the Fight Over the Affordable Care Act is Reminiscent of Medicare's Beginnings

Marilyn Moon

Institute Fellow and director of AIR's Center on Aging, Moon writes in the Los Angeles Times about how the fight over the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) is reminiscent of the furor over Medicare's beginnings in 1966.

A nationally-known economist and a former public trustee for the Social Security and Medicare trust funds, Dr. Moon recalls that the National Guard were put on call when Medicare was enacted, but that fears of catastrophe were overblown and that "Medicare contributed substantially to speeding up the desegregation of healthcare."

Read the full text of "Obamacare as Political Theater" for more about the comparison of Obamacare to Medicare.