Today is the 50th Anniversary of Medicare.
Medicare helped my parents, and it’s helped millions of older Americans.
My parents used to talk about “going to the poorhouse.” I seemed when their parents were growing up, poor people were actually taken to poor farms or buildings that were part of a prison or public institution. If they were able bodied, they were required to work.
My parents were spared poverty due to Medicare and Social Security.
When Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law on July 30, 1965, about half of Americans 65 and older had no health insurance.
In the first six months, more than 2.5 million Americans benefitted from Medicare-covered hospital care. Fifty years later, 55.2 million Americans are enrolled in Medicare.
The Center for Medicare Advocacy offers “50 Insights for Medicare’s 50th Anniversary”:
- Medicare Was Key to Integrating Hospitals
- Medicare Reduced Poverty
- Medicare Saves Lives
- Medicare’s Future Was Strengthened by the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
- Medicare is a Sacred Trust that Must Be Preserved
- Medicare Helps People with Disabilities
- Medicare Beneficiaries are Remarkable
- Medicare is at the Heart of America's Character
- Medicare is Good. It Could Have Been Even Better.
- Medicare Helps Older and Disabled People Stay Home