Medicare/Medicaid and Social Security Anniversary
Two elected leaders and a roundtable of U-M researchers convened to mark the 50th anniversary of the legislation that created the Medicare system and the 80th anniversary of Social Security's creation. The purpose: to facilitate a discussion on the past, present, and future of these landmark pieces of legislation.
Headlining the event were U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell and former U.S. Representative John Dingell. They were joined by John Z. Ayanian, M.D., MPP, director of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, and Susan M. Collins, dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
John Dingell, Jr., who represented southeast Michigan in the U.S. House for 65 years, co-sponsored the 1965 Medicare/Medicaid legislation that created health insurance programs that now cover 1 in 3 Americans. His father, John Dingell, Sr., co-sponsored the legislation that created the Social Security Administration. Debbie Dingell, in office since January 2015 to represent Michigan's 12th District, including Ann Arbor, has proposed legislation to expand Medicare benefits.
Other participants included Rick Bossard, Matthew Davis, Justin Dimick, Mark Fendrick, James Haveman, Peter Jacobson, Eve Kerr, Kenneth Langa, Helen Levy, Jenifer Martin, Andy Ryan, Erica Solway, David Spahlinger, Marianne Udow-Phillips, Brent Williams, Cynthia Wilbanks, Martha Darling, and Gilbert Omenn.