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

Rashi Fein, a Harvard economist considered one of the fathers of Medicare, who threw his intellectual and moral weight behind full, affordable healthcare 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 Truman's Commission on Health Needs. In 1961, as a senior staffer on President 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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