President Lyndon B. Johnson, left, with former President Harry S. Truman at his side, signs the Medicare Bill into law at ceremonies at the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri on July 30, 1965. Medicare is for people age 65 and older and Medicaid is for the poor. His legendary arm-twisting and a Congress dominated by his fellow Democrats succeeded in creating the kind of landmark health care programs that eluded his predecessors.
President Lyndon B. Johnson, left, with former President Harry S. Truman at his side, signs the Medicare Bill into law at ceremonies at the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri on July 30, 1965. Medicare is for people age 65 and older and Medicaid is for the poor. His legendary arm-twisting and a Congress dominated by his fellow Democrats succeeded in creating the kind of landmark health care programs that eluded his predecessors. Anonymous AP
President Lyndon B. Johnson, left, with former President Harry S. Truman at his side, signs the Medicare Bill into law at ceremonies at the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri on July 30, 1965. Medicare is for people age 65 and older and Medicaid is for the poor. His legendary arm-twisting and a Congress dominated by his fellow Democrats succeeded in creating the kind of landmark health care programs that eluded his predecessors. Anonymous AP

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