April 2, 1962 Newsweek Magazine Issue

The April 2, 1962 issue of Newsweek magazine featured the cover story "Medicare: Who Should Pay the Bill?" In the early 1960s approximately 35 percent of seniors could not afford or were not eligible for health insurance. President John F. Kennedy pushed for a federal solution to the issue, presenting the public with his plan for Medicare in a speech given at Madison Square Garden May 20, 1962. This Newsweek article addressed a pivotal question about the Medicare legislation— who would pay for the financial burden the Medicare system would bring with it? The medical profession staunchly opposed any new federal legislation that would impact the insurance industry, but after Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, Lyndon B. Johnson passed many of Kennedy’s reforms in his "Great Society" legislation. President Johnson signed Medicare into law July 30th, 1965.
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paper (overall material)
overall: 35.2 cm x 26.5 cm; 13 27/32 in x 10 7/16 in
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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