Medicare Special Report
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Poll Taker
Which political party, the Democrats or the Republicans, do you trust to do a better job protecting the Medicare system?
1Democrats
2Republicans
3Both Equally
4Neither
3Don't Know
Poll Taker compares your response to results from a March 11-14, 1999, Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Medicare's Prognosis
Rising health costs and the looming retirement of the Baby Boom generation threaten the longterm financial stability of Medicare. But Washington is divided, mostly along partly lines, on how to rescue the politically popular federal health insurance program that currently serves about 40 million elderly and disabled Americans.

Background
At Issue: The second-largest social program
State of Play: Dueling prescriptions

Top News
Lobbyists Get Aggressive on Health Care (July 5)
Medicare Drug Plan Applauded (July 1)
Clinton Details Overhaul Plan for Medicare (June 30)
Clinton Displays Ability to Frame Debate (June 30)
Income Level Key in Medicare Proposal (June 30)

Key Stories | Latest AP Headlines

On the Web
Explanation of the Program
Annual Reports of Board of Trustees
Bipartisan Commission's Rejected Proposal
Clinton Statement on Commission's Plan

Links/Resources

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