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Medicare Voices: Celebrating 47 Years of Medicare

July 2012

Medicare is a federal program well-loved by an overwhelming majority of older adults andpeople with disabilities who benefit from it, and by their families. According to a national poll, 70 percent of Americans believe that Medicare should be preserved in its current form and that the government should guarantee a defined set of benefits for our nation’s seniors. The stories in this report—collected from real beneficiaries and caregivers by the Medicare Rights Center—further evidence broad support for Medicare among Americans, in their own words. These Medicare voices are raised on Medicare’s 47th birthday—a critical moment in the program’s history.