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Rashi Fein, economist considered a father of Medicare, dies at 88

Rashi Fein, a Harvard economist considered one of the fathers of Medicare, who threw his intellectual and moral weight behind full, affordable health care for nearly seven decades, stretching from the Truman administration to the Obama presidency, died Sept. 8 in Boston. He was 88. The cause was melanoma, said his son, Alan. Fein began studying the economics of medical care in the early 1950s when he worked for President Harry Truman's Commission on Health Needs. In 1961, as a senior staffer on President John F. Kennedy's Council of Economic Advisers, he played an instrumental role in crafting the policies and regulations that were enacted as Medicare in 1965. He became an advocate for...

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Trudy Rubin: The gulf between Iran, U.S.

When President Obama addressed the nation last week about building a coalition to fight ISIS, there was a critical word that he never mentioned. That word was Iran. The absence of the I...

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