Medicare Turns 50

Medicare Turns 50

Fifty years ago, on July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare — and its sister program Medicaid — into law in the presence of former President Harry Truman in Independence, Mo. Eleven months later, both programs went into effect, with Truman and his wife, Bess, receiving the first two Medicare cards. (Truman was the first president to endorse the idea of a national health insurance program.)

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