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The History of Medicare

In 1969, Peter A. Corning, a journalist and Ph.D. candidate at New York University, completed a contract with SSA's Office of Research and Statistics for a history of developments in health insurance leading up to the passage of Medicare in 1965. Mr. Corning's history is a very accessible, highly-readable account of Medicare in the broader historical context of social insurance in America. It is being republished here for the first time since 1969.

THE EVOLUTION OF MEDICARE . . . from idea to law

by Peter A. Corning

Preface Introduction
Chapter 1: The First Round - to 1920
Chapter 2: The Second Round - 1927 to 1940
Chapter 3: The Third Round - 1943 to 1950
Chapter 4: The Fourth Round - 1957 to 1965
Chapter 5: Who Makes Social Welfare Policy?
Appendix A: Chronology of Significant Events Leading to the Enactment of Medicare
Appendix B: Select Bibliography
Appendix C: Additional Research Sources

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