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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.
I very seldom hear any politicians blame Bush and Cheney for 2 large tax cuts and 2 very costly wars that they voted for without any means to pay for all this. Then came the Medicare Part D that was a plus for the pharmaceutical companies as well as the de-regulation of Wall Street that ended in a financial collapse in 2008. At the same time, the loss of good jobs over the past decade left millions of workers unemployed for a year or more, but left many being forced into taking jobs that paid much less than what they once made. A decade later, we're seeing the Middle Class family on a path that keeps them struggling rather than getting ahead as they did in the past. Yet, the CEOs and very wealthy are doing exceptionally well.
If the GOP was so fiscally responsible, they didn't seem to take notice of what all their policies were doing to the working people. With so many average Americans paying less in taxes because of job losses and tax cuts that didn't benefit them, it's no wonder why were running huge deficits.
The Republicans don't want health care for everyone because they're afraid that Americans will eventually demand that we have universal health care that doesn't depend on insurance companies and big corporations running the system. Even with the ACA, health care run on a for-profit system won't survive.
Posted by intersan
Americans will eventually demand that we have universal health care that doesn't depend on insurance companies and big corporations running the system.
Regardless of who or what provides the health insurance, 0 uninsured is universal healthcare.
Universal healthcare in a country is the standard health insurance “coverage” each individual in that country has because each paid-for it when he or she worked.
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Posted by runner50
Regarding Medicare's passage in 1965, check these out:
Some conservatives opposed the enactment of Medicare, warning that a government-run program would lead to socialism in America:
Ronald Reagan, as part of Operation Coffee Cup in 1961, stated that: “[I]f you don’t [stop Medicare] and I don’t do it, one of these days you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free.”
Barry Goldwater in 1964: “Having given our pensioners their medical care in kind, why not food baskets, why not public housing accommodations, why not vacation resorts, why not a ration of cigarettes for those who smoke and of beer for those who drink?”
In 1995 Bob Dole stated that he was one of 12 House members who voted against creating Medicare in 1965. “I was there, fighting the fight, voting against Medicare ... because we knew it wouldn't work in 1965.”
Here is the final vote by party:
In 1965, the Democratic party had 68 votes in the senate and the Republicans had 32 votes, so the GOP couldn't use their filibuster antics like they did in 2009 against the ACA. In addition the Democratic party had 293 votes in the House of Representatives and the Republicans controlled only 140 votes in the house. The Democrats who voted against the Medicare and Medicaid act were almost all racist white southern Democrats who would be Republicans today. They voted against the act because it would also integrate the waiting rooms, hospitals and medical facilities as well as giving health care access to millions of poor blacks in the south.
Here is a little more history about Medicare:
Before Medicare's creation, only half of older adults had health insurance, with coverage often unavailable or unaffordable to the other half, because older adults had half as much income as younger people and paid nearly three times as much for health insurance. Medicare also spurred the racial integration of thousands of waiting rooms, hospital floors, and physician practices by making payments to health care providers conditional on desegregation.
Medicare has been in operation for over forty years and, during that time, has undergone several changes. Since 1965, the provisions of Medicare have expanded to include benefits for speech, physical, and chiropractic therapy in 1972 (Medicare.gov, 2012). In the same year, Medicare added the option of payments to health maintenance organizations (Medicare.gov, 2012). In that same year, Congress expanded Medicare eligibility to younger people who have permanent disabilities and receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) payments and those who have end-stage renal disease (ESRD).
Since the creation of Medicare, science, and medicine have advanced, and life expectancy has increased as well. The fact that people are living longer necessitates more services for later stages in life. Thus in 1982, the government added hospice benefits to aid the elderly on a temporary basis (Medicare.gov, 2012). Two years later in 1984, hospice became a permanent benefit. The next major change came in 1997, when Medicare increased to include Part C, Medicare plus Choice, which translates to a health insurance program offered by private companies that have been approved by Medicare.
Of course since then Medicare has become perhaps the most popular government program. Any attempts from congress to cut benefits or add more costs to the beneficiaries have been met by stiff opposition by the people and now Medicare it regarded as the "third rail" of American politics - touch it and you are dead politically.