Jun 17, 2010 10:01 ET Leading Economist Shatters Myth

"Opponents of Medicare claim that public health care is fiscally unsustainable and that the only viable solution is a shift to more private coverage. Bluntly, this is a lie," Dr. Evans said.

"Sustainability is often a code word for privatization and for-profit health care," Dr. Evans said. "But any debate on the sustainability of public health care must start from who and what drives health care spending, and include a clear identification of the winners and losers of any erosion or dismantling of Medicare."