Lyndon Johnson on Health Care
These were the down-to-earth needs that came naturally. As a senator, he had opposed federal medical systems. But as President, Johnson's personal sentiment for a program like Medicare coincided with building national support.
Medicare had its expected enemies--conservatives and private insurance companies--but its serious problem was that peculiarly potent antagonist, the American Medical Association, which excoriated it as "socialized medicine."
I shall, therefore, propose a child health program to provide, over the next 5 years, for families unable to afford it--access to health services from prenatal care of the mother through the child's first year.
When we do that you will find it is the best investment we ever made because we will get these diseases in their infancy and we will find a cure in a great many instances that we can never find by overcrowding our hospitals when they are grown.
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