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When Medicare was passed in the 60's, it wasn't very "popular." Now, ALL SENIORS use it and need it. Same thing will occur with the ACA/health care reform..........and the wingnut slime know it. Ted Cruz can ride around in his BMW and walk around in his black ostrich boots, visiting with Limburger, all he wants. It won't help as the ACA will be implemented.........
Was Medicare popular when it passed?
In a last-minute effort to stiffen Dem spines, senior Dem leadership aides are circulating among House Dems some polling numbers from the 1960s that underscore how controversial Medicare was in the months leading up to its historic passage.
Dem leadership staff is highlighting a series of numbers from 1962 on President John F. Kennedy’s proposal. In July of that year, a Gallup poll found 28% in favor, 24% viewing it unfavorably, and a sizable 33% with no opinion on it — showing an evenly divided public.
A month later, after JFK’s proposal went down, an Opinion Research Corporation poll found 44 percent said it should have been passed, while 37% supported its defeat — also showing an evenly divided public.
Also in that poll, a majority, 54%, said it was a serious problem that “government medical insurance for the aged would be a big step toward socialized medicine.”
After Lyndon Johnson was elected, a Harris poll found only a minority, 46%, supported a Federal plan to extend health care to the aged. Today, of course, Medicare is overwhelmingly popular.
I wonder how many of the legislators who took the tough vote to move Medicare forward regret doing that today.