"The sheer size of the looming Medicare financial crisis will continue to spawn a variety of proposed solutions. Blevins' preferred option is not the first or last word on this matter. But her analysis is indispensable."
—Claremont Review of Books
"Even with Medicare's current structure, funding the program will result in an ever-increasing tax burden, but as this book makes clear, there are substantive gaps in coverage, which if closed would result in even higher tax burdens. This book will provide those interested in Medicare reform an engaging viewpoint on the system's past, present, and future."
—Thomas R. Saving, Ph.D., Public Trustee, Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds
"Sue Blevins painstakingly documents not just the dry legislative history but also the backroom political maneuvering that resulted in the Medicare program we have today. Her most disturbing revelation is of new evidence suggesting that government officials misled the public regarding the true cost of the Medicare program in order to gain its enactment. Anyone involved in the effort to reform the Medicare program should read this book and heed its lessons from the past."
—Roland E. (Guy) King, Former Chief Actuary, Health Care Financing Administration
"Sue Blevins has presented the finest and most accurate history of Medicare that I'm aware of."
—Edward R. Annis, M.D., Former President, American Medical Association; Author, Code Blue: Health Care in Crisis
"Sue Blevins is right to ask whether there was really a crisis of the uninsured at the time Medicare was passed. Blevins also notes how the government has continuously underestimated the costs of Medicare -- which it still does today. Readers of this book have every right to be concerned about the future of Medicare."
—Roger Feldman, Ph.D., Professor of Health Services Research & Policy, University of Minnesota