Deep Dive: Happy Birthday, Medicare and Medicaid -- Five HHS Secretaries Celebrate Together

In a first-of-its-kind gathering, five US Department of Health and Human Services Secretaries talk about the American way of healthcare. Together, they have served five presidents from both political parties, as far back as 1975 and as recently as 2014. Medicare and Medicaid, which celebrate a 50th anniversary this year, is a cornerstone of their conversation. But these leaders also presided over the agency as astounding progress occurred in biomedical research, the American population grew older and more diverse, and repeated attempts were made to expand access to care. What can these former officials tell us about the government’s evolving role in health, and about bringing a divided nation together around better health for all?

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