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    In January 1962, the American Hospital Association moved another step away from the AMA's position, declaring unequivocally that Federal help was necessary and that the source of the funds was "of secondary importance."
    With the passage of time, many insurance men became resigned to the fact that a Government program might be necessary. Not only were the aged an unprofitable market for private health insurance, but as long as the hospitals were not being reimbursed adequately for the cost of treating elderly patients, there was a tendency to load the cost of "charity" care onto the paying customers and their insurance carriers--thus putting pressure on the whole private health insurance system.
    The new President, Lyndon B. Johnson....told a group of elderly people that the Medicare bill "cries out for enactment."

    This is a marvelous history:
    http://www.ssa.gov/...

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