I’m Just a Bill

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I’ll be honest, I used to watch the VHS of Schoolhouse Rock: America about once a week as a kid. It might be more than a few decades old, but it’s still perfectly accurate thanks to Article I of the U.S. Constitution, which grants all legislative powers to Congress, including the authority for each chamber to make its own rules for processing legislation. Before we dive in to the nitty, gritty of drafting, considering, amending, reconciling, and voting on legislation, let’s (re)familiarize ourselves with some vital stats about Congress.

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The Medicare Essentials

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Source: Kaiser Family Foundation

The Medicare program was enacted by President Johnson in 1965 under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide those over the age of 65 with health care, regardless of income or medical history. It is a single-payer program funded by the federal government through payroll taxes, premiums paid by beneficiaries, and general revenue.In 2016, the federal government spent $675 billion [or 15% of total federal spending] on Medicare coverage. 

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