This article explores the evolving language of Medicare reform and recent conflicts over “voucherizing” Medicare. The Medicare reform debate is, in part, a contest over how to frame policy alternatives in order to enhance (or diminish) their political viability. “Voucherizing” has emerged as a powerful rhetorical weapon in that fight. Yet the accompanying debate is often misleading about both the current state of Medicare and the necessity of altering its programmatic structure to ensure future stability.

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