Jul 30, 2015
50 years ago today, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed the Social
Security Act of 1965 into law.
Here are a few things you may not know about the act.
First, it established Medicare and Medicaid, the first public
health insurance programs in the United States. Medicare covers
seniors age 65 and older, while Medicaid covers the poor.
Second, Theodore Roosevelt originally proposed national health
insurance as part of his third-party run for the presidency in
1912. Other plans were proposed by organized labor. The American
Medical Association was one of the primary opponents of the
Third, several other administrations, including Franklin Roosevelt
and Harry Truman pushed for some sort of national health coverage.
FDR removed health coverage from his Social Security proposal to
help pass it. Truman included it in his "Fair Deal" program, which
was unsuccessful. The 1965 act was signed in Independence,
Missouri, with former president Truman in attendence.
Our question: What country was the first to introduce universal