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Medicare: Strong and Built to Last

April 2013

Since 1965, Medicare has ensured access to guaranteed health care benefits for older adultsand people with disabilities. Today, Medicare takes center stage in the nation’s deficit reduction debate. Despite popular support for the program, some argue that Medicare must be drastically changed to shrink the deficit.Yet, in a recent national poll, most Americans—89% of those polled—oppose cuts to Medicare to reduce the nation’s budget deficit.

To help inform the Medicare debate, here are some facts worth considering…