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Medicare and Medicaid Are Established (1965)

The Social Security Act of 1935 established national social insurance, welfare, and other assistance programs in the US, but it did not address healthcare. Years later, President Harry Truman drew attention to this issue when he unsuccessfully lobbied for the establishment of a national healthcare program. By the 1960s, the political climate was more open to reform, and the Social Security Act amendments creating Medicare and Medicaid were passed. What is the difference between the two programs? More...
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Medicare and Medicaid Are Established (1965)
The Social Security Act of 1935 established national social insurance, welfare, and other assistance programs in the US, but it did not address healthcare. Years later, President Harry Truman drew attention to this issue when he unsuccessfully lobbied for the establishment of a national healthcare program. By the 1960s, the political climate was more open to reform, and the Social Security Act amendments creating Medicare and Medicaid were passed.
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Americans do NOT want socialized medicine.

That is to say, they do NOT want a system in which the doctors and nurses work directly for and are paid by the government.

For example, there IS socialized medicine in the United States for veterans of the armed forces. And the horror stories of bad service are hard to bear. (It's almost impossible, for example, to fire employees who are derelict in their duties.)

BUT all elderly Americans bless President Johnson for having started Medicare.

Medicare helps pay MOST of the costs for visiting doctors and staying in a hospital.

The doctors and hospitals are NOT government employees or institutions.

So people get the service of private doctors who agree to accept the payments that are offered by Medicare. (I assume that a few doctors do not accept Medicare patients.)

When it comes to Medicare, there are no "conservatives" or "liberals" in the United States.

All elderly people LOVE Medicare. (Medicare also will help some younger people with certain problems.)

P.S. Some people have suggested giving Medicare to ALL Americans. That would solve the health care problem in the United States. But everyone seems to agree that such a program would be impossible because of the cost.




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What is the difference between Medicare and Medicaid?

Medicare
Medicare is an insurance program. Medical bills are paid from trust funds which those covered have paid into. It serves people over 65 primarily, whatever their income; and serves younger disabled people and dialysis patients. Patients pay part of costs through deductibles for hospital and other costs. Small monthly premiums are required for non-hospital coverage. Medicare is a federal program. It is basically the same everywhere in the United States and is run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, an agency of the federal government.



Medicaid
Medicaid is an assistance program. It serves low-income people of every age. Patients usually pay no part of costs for covered medical expenses. A small co-payment is sometimes required. Medicaid is a federal-state program. It varies from state to state. It is run by state and local governments within federal guidelines. To see if you qualify for your state's Medicaid (or Children's Health Insurance) program, see: https://www.healthcare.gov/medicaid-chip/eligibility/


For more information regarding Medicare and its components, please go to http://www.medicare.gov.

Hope123
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Whenever I see blanket statements such as “Americans do not want socialized medicine”, I check facts.

The statement should read “I and some Americans do not want…”
Note also the term “socialized” which is used negatively in USA.
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Statistics are from a May 2016 Gallup poll:

Replacing the ACA with a federally funded healthcare program
providing insurance for all Americans:
Favor 73 Oppose 22 Democrat/Leaning
Favor 41 Oppose 55 Republican/Leaning

58% total favor replacing the ACA with federally funded healthcare system.
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January 2017 Pew Research says: “Currently, 60% of Americans say the government should be responsible for ensuring health care coverage for all Americans, compared with 38% who say this should not be the government’s responsibility.”
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Attitudes may have been changed by recent events as well.

Of course this government is in much disarray and to attempt any huge project right now might be beyond its capacity.




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