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What is True Medicare Reform? A Perspective from Senate Conferee Senator Jon Kyl

Recorded on October 20, 2003

The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

When enacted in 1965, Medicare was designed to secure health care coverage for the elderly and the poor. Within only a few years, coverage was expanded to additional high-risk groups including disabled persons. Today, it is the second largest federal entitlement program, and, by all accounts, one of the most powerful engines of government regulation in existence. Congress is now mulling over major legislation that will determine the future of the Medicare program. How will current and proposed Medicare changes affect federal spending, taxation and the budget? What will be the relationship between doctors and patients in the future Medicare program? Will tomorrow's Medicare patients have access to the best doctors, the most advanced technologies, and the highest quality of care? Come join Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) as he addresses these major questions facing our nation.