Pause in praise of Medicare
The 50th anniversary of the historic signing of Medicare and Medicaid into law was July 30. President Lyndon Johnson flew to Independence, Mo., and at a ceremony in the Truman Library, changed the United States health care system forever.
It was the culmination of a 50-year battle to provide health care to seniors and the poor. Medi-Cal, California’s version of Medicaid, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2016.
While these programs faced strong opposition, both programs have shown their value and have improved millions of people’s lives. They have become part of the fabric of our country. Not many of us today would want a society that did not provide health care for seniors, people with disabilities or the poor.
While these programs are not without their flaws, I hope people will pause and recognize the value that both Medicare and Medi-Cal bring to society. Because of these actions 50 years ago, we now live in a society where there is a basic health care safety net for those in need.
Stan Rosenstein, Davis