The New York Times - "L.B.J. Was Wrong"
When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law in 1965, he noted that its benefits to older Americans were not only medical, but financial. Fifty years later, Dr. Amy Kelley, a geriatrician at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, has amassed disheartening evidence that L.B.J. was wrong. Her team’s study of health care expenditures during the last five years of life, drawn from the national Health and Retirement Study, tracked people over age 70 who died between 2002 and 2008. Learn more