Lyndon Baines Johnson was the 36th president of the United States of America.
His history, like that of most politicians, is replete with ups and downs, both in his electoral record and his appeal.
Some loved him. Some hated him.
But he holds an honored place in our household, regardless of some of the things he did that we didn't like.
In 1965, he signed a bill creating Medicare.
Former President Harry S Truman and his wife, Bess, were the first recipients of the program.
At a time when a Republican Washington is trying as hard as they can to ruin healthcare in this country, we (Judy and I) are benefiting from the wealth of Medicare.
Since Judy took a fall on June 16th she has been in a hospital, had surgery for a broken femur, transferred several days later to a rehabilitation hospital and had absolutely excellent care.
All of it, or most of it, paid for by Medicare.
We have a supplemental policy which we pay for and we pay every month for our Medicare coverage also.
But without that wonderful government program, we would probably be hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt.
So thank you, Medicare.
And thank you, Lyndon.
We may not be in debt but we are in your debt.
And, by the way, Judy is doing better each day and will come home Thursday.