LBJ prepares to sign Medicare into law. Former President Harry Truman hands him the pen, as VP Hubert Humphrey, Lady Bird Johnson and Bess Truman look on.
America's single-payer health system — known to all of us as Medicare — turned 47 on Monday.
On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law at the Truman Library in Missouri, where he presented 81-year-old former President Harry Truman with the first Medicare card.
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Former first lady Bess Truman got the second.
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What did Republican opponents, including George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, call Medicare in the early years? Socialized Medicine.