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The 47th annual History Forum
Medicare at 50: The Public and Private Roots of America's Best Known Health Insurance Program

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History Forum

Join us for our 47th Annual History Forum

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with Christy Ford Chapin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Join Chapin--author of Ensuring America's Health: The Public Creation of the Corporate Health Care System--as she discusses the U.S. health care system's mixture of governmental and market authority. Chapin will address how the insurance company model positioned corporations at the center of the health care system and shaped the development of public programs such as Medicare. Even though this model created cost and quality of care problems, its legacy lives on in the Affordable Care Act.


Since 1968, the Department of History has hosted the History Forum, attracting national and international scholars to address topics of current as well as historical and academic interest. The History Forum welcomes the general public to attend the public lectures and interact with the speakers and the Duquesne University community.