When More Means Less

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When More Means Less

July 16, 2003

Abstract

[The New York Times] In its headlong rush to provide a prescription drug benefit for the elderly and disabled, Congress risks abandoning a fundamental principle that has been a hallmark of Medicare since the program's inception in 1966. That principle—universality—ensures that all Medicare beneficiaries, no matter where they live or what their financial circumstances, are eligible for the same basic benefits.

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