51 years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law. At the time nearly half of all Americans over 65 had no health insurance and family savings were ever in jeopardy of being wiped out. Today, the number of elderly Americans without insurance today is 2 percent. Medicaid, the program for low-income Americans, has been equally meaningful… (1965)
Medicaid has provided coverage for some 68 million children, parents, pregnant mothers and people with disabilities. The US programs need overhaul today, due in part to a fast-growing aging population, but their success and benefits over a half century are worthy of celebration.
MORE Good News on this Day:
- The first ever representative assembly to make laws in the Americas convened for the first time as “the House of Burgesses” in a church in Jamestown, Virginia, (1619)
- The French national anthem, “La Marseillaise” by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, was first sung in Paris (1792)
- Foreign ministers from Greece, Turkey and the UK signed a Cyprus Peace Agreement and Cease Fire to end weeks of shelling on the Mediterranean island (1974)
- One final ‘old style’ Volkswagen Beetle rolled off an assembly line (2003)
- Top of the Pops, the world’s longest running music show, was broadcast for the last time on BBC Two after airing for 42 years (2006)