Health care in the USA

When Lyndon B. Johnson took over office after John F. Kennedy died, he created the "Great Society." The Great society was very similar to the "New Deal" which was created by FDR. The "Great Society" covered several homeland issues, one of which was Healthcare. In 1965 Lyndon Johnson put into place both Medicare and Medicaid. Medicare provides healthcare for anybody over 65 years old, almost like social security. Medicare also covers nursing home fees and doctors’ fees. Medicare is for the people on welfare. In more recent times, elected officials have been campaigning for health care reform. Both Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton have been involved in plans to reform the healthcare system. Their plans are called "Romneycare" and "Hillarycare." Romney put his plan into place in Massachusetts, and if elected as president, will try to put his Massachusetts plan around the country. Clinton attempted to put her plan into place when her husband was president, but it failed to pass. These two programs are trying to modernize the system. Since LBJ was president, health care has progressed tremendously and it still is progressing.

Since 1945, health care has been an ever-evolving topic of discussion and legislation. For Americans, what better conversation to have than one that directly benefits them? The establishment of a national health insurance plan that would provide care for low income families, who may not otherwise obtain care, was an idea with great promise. Government programs such as Medicare, and its companion program Medicaid, have continued to provide health and medical services to millions of American families. Health maintenance organizations are helpful options for many people today. Though for policy makers, these discussions pertaining to healthcare legislation have been marked by debate. Opponents warned of "socialized medicine." National health plans proposed by Presidents Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton failed. Despite these setbacks, the discussion has continued over time for policy makers. Sixty years later, in the 2008 Presidential campaign, health care was among the top domestic issues in both parties, and still is today.


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