Thursday, July 30, 2015


50 years ago today a bill was signed into law by President Lyndon Baines Johnson creating Medicare and Medicaid. It was signed in the Truman Library with former President Harry S Truman on hand.

In this picture taken at the signing are President Johnson, former U.S. Senator Mike Mansfield, Lady Bird Johnson, President Truman, Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and Bess Truman.

All of them are gone now.

But Medicare lives on to benefit the citizens of the United States of America.


  1. Indeed. Imagine a project like SS or Medicare being proposed today. "Socalism!!" The GOP would be frothing at the mouth. Of all the health care insurance programs, guess which one has the lowest administrative cost? It ain't Blue Cross. It's Medicare.

    Mike Mansfield was a great senator, Montana is unlikely to put forward anyone of his caliber today. Today it's Daines, and the other second-raters of the republican party.

  2. Good for us older folks.


  3. That is really Something! Is 50 years a short time or a long time? Hard to tell...

  4. There were some very forward thinking people in that room.

  5. A great moment in history. A visionary idea has become a national blessing.

  6. Great to see this picture as a reminder that Medicare and Social Security are still under attack by those who consider them selfish government hand outs.

  7. And coincidentally I go on Medicare on Saturday. Thanks LBJ. :) And I love all those Tea Party types who scream about how "our country is going straight to socialist hell, but...umm...just don't mess with my Social Security." Do they not see the root word "social" in Social Security? DUH!


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