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President Jimmy Carter: "A Call To Action

The Diane Rehm Show
March 26, 2014

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter speaks during an interview on Monday March 24, 2014 in New York.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter speaks during an interview on Monday March 24, 2014 in New York.

Diane Rehm:  Briefly, how do you feel about the Affordable Care Act?

President Jimmy Carter:  I was disappointed the way it was done and the complexity that it assumed. Instead of taking a leadership role from the White House and saying, “This is what we think is best,” they had five different congressional committees do it and it got, I think, the lowest common denominator, which is the most complex system. I would really have favored just the expansion of Medicare to include all ages, rather than just to deal with old people.

Video (38 second clip of quote above; also full 51 minute video):

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Comment by Don McCanne (Quote of the Day)

Characterizing the Affordable Care Act as “the lowest common denominator - the most complex system,” President Jimmy Carter tells us that he would have favored “the expansion of Medicare to include all ages.”

He’s right, and here’s why.

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