Medicare: An Idea a Long Time Coming

Did you know that Medicare and the idea of Medicare for all are over one hundred years old? That’s right, campaigners in 1915 were pushing the idea of universal health care for everyone in the country.

The prosperous 1920s let the idea fade, but with the Great Depression, and FDR’s New Deal, it was proposed again. President Roosevelt, making Social Security the higher priority, let it go, but it was championed again by President Truman.

The Red Scare of the 1950s raised fears of government control that lingers to this day. In the 1960s, President Lyndon Johnson’s plans for a Great Society brought Medicare back to the forefront, and he signed it into law in 1965.

Medicare for all provides a safety net for seniors across the country allowing them to live their declining years without the fear of spending all of their savings on healthcare. In 1972, the law was expanded to include people with permanent disabilities, and end-stage renal disease.