the important and the not-so-important, horribly conflated.

Time Machine: LBJ & Medicare

In healthcare on March 21, 2010 at 6:24 pm

This (LBJ & Medicare) article, published in a July 1966 edition of the New Yorker, looks at the final weeks leading up to the passage of what would become Medicare.

The villain of the story, the American Medical Association, is now a hesitant supporter of current reform efforts—but over the last 12 months (!) their methods (fake memos, faulty impact research, general media malfeasance) have been grafted onto the Right’s gangrenous belief that a failure of personal responsibility by our nation’s poor explains our health care inequalities.

It’s a long article, but the original print advertisements are hilarious. My favorite:

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