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Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security.
—John F. Kennedy
- SLICE OF HISTORY
In Independence, Missouri, President Lyndon Johnson dramatically expands health care coverage in America by signing the law creating Medicare and Medicaid. He’s in Missouri to honor former president Harry S. Truman, who had first proposed a national health insurance plan 20 years earlier. But Truman’s proposal had stalled in Congress, largely due to staunch opposition from the American Medical Association (AMA), which coined the term “socialized medicine” to describe the concept. Within a year of the law finally going into effect, almost 20 million people signed up. Get the full story.