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  •  Obamacare and JFK (4+ / 0-)

    In our current climate of Camelot nostalgia, its worth noting that in 1962 health was a hot button issue for JFK not unlike Obamacare is today.

    Medicare, the health care reform proposed by President Kennedy in 1962 was intended to prevent the elderly from going into bankruptcy. Kennedy fought hard for this but it was stalled in Congress.

    The struggles that Kennedy dealt with concerning Medicare and the AMA were ripe for satirists.

    One such parody "Carolines Doll Book"was published in 1962. A good natured satire satirizing the first family it offers us a glimpse into the politics people and issues that caught Americas attention during the heady New Frontier era, including the health care issues. Take a rare look

    •  It's unlikely that we'd have Medicare (1+ / 0-)
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      Medicaid, the Civil Rights Act of '64, the Voting Rights Act (what's left of it) or the war on poverty programs except that JFK's assassination made him a martyr. That gave LBJ the HUGE public mandate (and huge congressional majorities) to pass the Great Society programs In HONOR OF Kennedy.

      Unfortunately, while Kennedy was considering withdrawal from Vietnam, LBJ expanded it.

      I grew up thinking that war would last forever. That's how my children feel about Afghanistan, btw.

      "I was not born for myself alone, but for my neighbor as well as myself."--Richard Overton, leader of the Levellers, a17th C. movement for democracy and equality during the English Civil War. for healthcare coverage in Kentucky

      by SouthernLeveller on Tue Nov 19, 2013 at 05:35:14 PM PST

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