Health care in the United States has been a debated political issue for many years. In 1945, Harry Truman brought forth the idea of establishing a national health insurance plan to Congress. After two decades of debate, Medicare and Medicaid finally took effect in 1965, despite warnings about the dangers of socialized medicine.
President Lyndon Johnson signed both Medicare and Medicaid into law on July 30, 1965. Medicare and Medicaid are both health insurance initiatives sponsored by the federal government that are designed to cover medical expenses for elderly, disabled, and low-income Americans. (More)