On 50th anniversary, nearly a third of Texans use Medicare or Medicaid


When President Lyndon Johnson signed a law on July 30, 1965, creating Medicare and Medicaid, it had withstood withering controversy reminiscent of the debate surrounding the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Foes in Congress and the influential American Medical Association warned that Medicare would create “socialized medicine” and erode freedom. Today, millions of people are covered by Medicare and Medicaid, and most Americans can’t imagine a future without Medicare. That federal program covers the elderly and disabled, while Medicaid, a jointly funded federal-state program, mainly covers poor people, low-income pregnant women and elderly Americans in nursing homes.

As the 50th anniversary of the law is touted at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, here are some key facts about Medicare and Medicaid, by the numbers:



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