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Happy birthday, Medicare

Happy birthday, Medicare

Medicare turns 50 this week. It was signed into law July 30, 1965 -- the crowning achievement of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society. It's more popular than ever. Yet Medicare continues to be blamed for America's present and future budget problems. That's baloney. Last week, Jeb Bush even suggested phasing it out. Seniors already receiving benefits should continue to receive them, he said, but "we need to figure out a way to phase out this program for others and move to a new system that allows them to have something, because they're not going to have anything." Mr. Bush praised Rep. Paul Ryan's erstwhile plan to give seniors vouchers instead. What...

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