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'Father of Medicare' Dies at 93

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'Father of Medicare' Dies at 93

Remembrances

'Father of Medicare' Dies at 93

'Father of Medicare' Dies at 93

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Robert Ball, the man known as the father of Medicare, died this week at 93. Ball was the commissioner of Social Security under three U.S. presidents and an influential counselor on social issues to politicians of all political stripes.

Joanne Silberner offers a remembrance of the man who masterminded hospital desegregation.