Medicare and the National Debt. Can we guarantee quality health care to the elderly in a way that is both efficient and equitable? Lesson 2. Opener . Use Resource 1 to fill in the Opener Chart Noticings Inferences Questions And answer the first 4 questions on your paper.
Can we guarantee quality health care to the elderly in a way that is both efficient and equitable?
Health care has been a contentious political issue since at least the 1940s.
− The Veterans Administration provides health care for military veterans and their families.
Opener: Distribute Costs and Benefits: Visualizations (resource 3, 5 part)
In a May 12, 2011, column in the New York Times, economist Paul Krugman described the federal budget, writing, “. . . here’s the quick-and-dirty summary of what the federal government does: It’s a giant insurance company, mainly serving older people, that also has an army.” In the same column he wrote, “By my rough count, in 2007, seniors accounted, one way or another, for about half of federal spending” (Krugman, 2011).
Opener: Review the costs and benefits of Medicare. What might you expect to happen if previous trends continue in the future?