California Healthline: Medicare, ACA Have Faced Similar Criticism. But Is That Where the Comparison Ends?
As Medicare turns 50, many observers are looking back at the program’s beginning and drawing comparisons with more recent health reform efforts, namely the Affordable Care Act.
A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine on the beginning of Medicare notes that the program started “only after a long and deeply ideological struggle.” In fact, the American Medical Association warned that creating the Medicare program would result in “the most deadly challenge ever faced by the medical profession.” And many other observers described the law as an overreach of the federal government.
Criticism Déjà Vu
The criticism now surrounding the ACA mirrors what happened 50 years ago to Medicare. Nicole Huberfeld, a professor of law at the University of Kentucky College of Law and bioethics associate at the College of Medicine, told California Healthline that both laws prompted “cries of ‘socialized medicine,’ which have always been the rallying cry of the politicians and stakeholders who oppose health care reform.”