Thirty-nine million elderly Americans depend on Medicare to help pay their health care expenses but, like Social Security, the well will run dry unless the program is reformed. A panel of experts joins Kojo to discuss why this year’s efforts of the bipartisan Medicare Reform Commission failed and what Congress and President Clinton plan to do about it.


  • Richard Reischauer Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institute; former Director of the Congressional Budget Office (1989-1995)
  • Patricia Smith Senior Coordinator of Health Issues at American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
  • Jeff Trewhitt Spokesman, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America


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