U.s. History And English

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Cengiz Boga
Ms Poblete/ Mrs. Uskert
US History and English 6
May 22, 2015
Medicare
Imagine your grandmother, alone in her apartment sick and no food to eat. Well, there are programs our government provides to our elderly to help them buy food, find a place to live and most importantly, help insure them. Medicare is a program that was initially created by Harry S. Truman in 1948, but Congress failed to enact it (“Curing the Health Care System”). Later it was refined by LBJ in 1965 as part of “Great Society” to help the “war on poverty”. Medicare benefits millions of senior citizens over 65 by giving them free health care or helping pay part of it. Before Medicare there was private insurance that helped people, but with Medicare a lot more people have access to health insurance. Today, Medicare provides over 52.3 million Americans with affordable health insurance.
The government started taking action to help the elderly through social problems in the mid-19th century. In May of 1964, Johnson had summed up his grand vision for America in a speech at the University of Michigan, he declared that “the Great Society demands an end to poverty and racial injustice... just the beginning”(Johnson). Before LBJ and Congress brought about the first major change in Social Security, any government system that provides monetary assistance to people with an inadequate or no income, by establishing Medicare for the seniors, elderly people bought their health insurance from private
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