Issues facing America: The uninsured

By Alok D. Sharan, MD; Samir Mehta, MD; Ryan M. Nunley, MD; and the Washington Health Policy Fellows

In an election year, health care takes center stage

The year 2008 will be a defining moment in American health care. The United States has always been proud of its robust healthcare system, yet it has not been able to provide access to this system for all of its citizens. By providing access to health care for the elderly and the poor, Medicare and Medicaid are landmark programs, but the rising cost of these programs makes it difficult to sustain their benefits.

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