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tv   Medicare Signing Ceremony  CSPAN  July 26, 2015 6:54pm-7:25pm EDT

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>> no. >> march 23, 1965, president lyndon johnson and john mccormick on the approval that day of a new medicare measure by the house ways and means committee. on april 8, the house approved the bill by a vote of 313-115. the senate passed the measure on july 9, 68-21. on july 30, 1965, medicare, as part of the social security commitments of 1965, was signed into law by president johnson. the audio information in this program courtesy of the miller center at the university of virginia. and the lbj presidential library at lbjlibrary.org. >> we conclude our look back at the 1965 medicare bill with footage from the july 30, 1965 bill signing ceremony at the
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harry s. truman presidential library in independence, missouri. in his opening remarks president johnson praised his predecessor, harry truman, for inspiring the legislation designed to protect americans as lbj put it from the "economic effects of sickness." this is about half an hour. [applause]
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>> thank you very much. i'm glad you like the president. i like him too. [laughter] >> mr. president, mrs. johnson distinguished guests, you have done me a great honor in coming here today and made me a very happy man. this is an important hour for the nation. for those of our citizens who have completed their tour of duty and moved to the sidelines, these people are our
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responsibility and are entitled among other benefits to the best medical protections available. not one of our citizens should be abandoned -- we don't want these people to have anything to do with charity or have them have an idea of hopeless despair. mr. president, i am glad to have lived this long. [applause] >> at the signing of the medicare bill, it puts this nation right where needs to be. your inspired leadership and
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responsiveness, forward-looking congress, have made it possible for the state to come about. i thank you for coming here. it is an honor that i have not had for quite a while. i will say that. [laughter] >> here he is. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states. [applause] president johnson: senator
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mansfield, senator simon senator long, congressman king and the anderson-king team senator long, our beloved vice president, who worked in the vineyard many years to see this day come to pass, and all of my dear friends in the congress both democrats and republicans the people of the united states love and voted not because he gave them hell, but because he gave them hope. [applause]
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i believe today that all america shares my joy that he is present now when the hope that he offered becomes a reality for millions of our fellow citizens. [applause] i am so proud that this past in the johnson administration. harry truman of missouri planted the seeds of compassion and beauty which have today flowered into care for the sick and serenity for the fearful. many men can make many proposals. many men can draft many laws. but few have the piercing and
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human eye which can see beyond the words and to the people that they touch. you can see past the speeches, the political battles, to the doctor over there that is tending the infirm and to the hospital that is receiving those in anguish. or feel in their heart painful wrath at the injustice which denies the miracle of healing to the old enter the poor -- and to the core -- poor. and still have the courage to state reputation and position and the effort of a lifetime on
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such a cause when there are so few that share it. it is just such men who illuminate the life and the history of the nation. and so president harry truman, it is in tribute not to you, but to the america that you represent, that we have come here to pay our love and our respects. for a country can be known by the quality of the men it honors . by praising you and by carrying forward your dreams, we really reaffirm the greatness of america. it was a generation ago that harry truman said, and i quote him, "millions of our citizens
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do not now have a full measure of opportunity to achieve and to enjoy good health. millions do not now have protection or security against the economic effects of sickness and the time has now arrived for action to help them attain that opportunity and to help them get that protection." well today, mr. president, and my fellow americans, we are taking such action 20 years later. [applause] and we are doing that under the great leadership of men like john mccormick, our speaker carl albert, our majority leader , our able and beloved majority leader of the senate, mike
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mansfield, and distinguished members of the ways and means committees of the house and senate from both parties democratic and republican. because the need for this action is plain and it is so clear indeed that we marvel not simply at the passage of this bill, but we marvel that it took so many years to pass it. i'm so glad that you are here to see it finally passed and signed. [applause] there are more than 18 million americans over the age of 65. most of them have low incomes. most of them are threatened by illness, medical expenses that they cannot afford. through this new law, mr. president, every senator will be able to ensure himself against
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the ravages of illness in his old age. this will help pay for care in hospitals, nursing homes, or in the home. under a separate plan, it will help meet the fees of the doctors. here is how the plan will affect you. during your working years, the people of america, you will contribute through the social security program each payday. for example, the average worker in 1966 will contribute about $1.50 per month. the employer will contribute a similar amount. this will provide the funds to pay up to 90 days of hospital care for each illness, plus diagnostic care. and up to 100 home health visits after year 65. beginning in
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1967, you will also be covered for up to 100 days of care in a skilled nursing home after a period of hospital care. under a separate plan, when you are 65, the congress originated itself in its own good judgment, you may be covered for medical and surgical fees whether you are in or out of the hospital. just pay three dollars per month after you are 65 and your employer will contribute an equal amount. the benefits under the law are as varied and broad as modern mark -- modern medicine itself. if it has a few defects, such as the method of payment of certain specialist, then i am confident those will be quickly remedied and i hope they will be. no longer will older americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine.
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no longer will illness crush and destroy the savings they have so carefully put away over a lifetime so that they might enjoy dignity in their later years. no longer will young families see their own income and their own hopes it in a way -- eaten away simply because they are carrying out their deep moral obligations to their parents and their uncles and their aunts. no longer will this nation refuse the hand of justice to those who have given a lifetime of service and labor to the progress of this progressive country. and this bill, mr. president, is even broader than that. it will increase social security benefits for our older americans. in 1935, when the men both of us
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loved so much, frank delano roosevelt, signed the social security act, he said, "a cornerstone in a structure which is being built but it is by no means complete." perhaps no single action in the entire administration of the beloved franklin d. roosevelt did more to win him the illustrious place in history that he has as the laing -- laying of that cornerstone. [applause] i am so happy that his oldest son could be here to share with us the joy of his valor's today. it will also be remembered for
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making an important addition to this structure. and you're making it in this bill. the most important addition it has been made in three decades. history shapes men, but it is the necessary leadership that men can help shape history. there are many who led us to this historic day from gratitude and remembrance. if i may be pardoned for taking a moment, i want to call part of the honor roll. leadership in both houses of the congress. congressman solar -- suller introduced hospital insurance in 1952. amy from rhode island introduced it in the house. senator manderson from new
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mexico. congressman cecil king of california. the legislative genius of thechairman -- and the chairman of the ways and means committee wilbur mills. senator russell long. together, they transformed this desire into victory. and those devoted public servants, the former secretary the present secretary, the undersecretary, the democratic with -- whip of the house. in the white house's test legislator, larry o'brien. -- best legislator, larry o'brien.
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he gave not just endless days, months, and years of patients -- patience, but gave his heart to passing this bill. let's remember those who could not share this time, for it is theirs too. members of congress who are not with us, like john dingell senior, david murphy of montana and there is also john fitzgerald kennedy, who fought in the senate and never yielded in pursuit to see the final concourse of the forces that he had helped to loose. but it all started with the man from independence. and so, as is fitting that we
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should, we have come back here to his home to complete what he began. president harry truman, as any president must, made many decisions and great moments. although he always made them, frankly, with the courage and the clarity that few men have ever shared. the immense and intricate questions of freedom and survival were called up many times in the will of harry truman's judgment. and this is in the traditional leadership -- tradition of leadership. but there is another tradition. it calls upon us never to be indifferent towards despair. it commands us never to turn away from helplessness. it directs us never to ignore or
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two spurned -- to spurn those who suffer untended in a land bursting with abundance. i said to senator smathers today , the democrats in the senate who worked with us on the committee, i said the highest traditions of the medical profession are directed to the ends that we are trying to serve. it was only yesterday, at the request of some of my friends, i met with the leaders of the american medical association who seek their assistance and are granting the cause -- advancing the cause of one of the greatest professions of all the medical profession. and helping us to maintain and improve the health of all americans.
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this is not just our tradition or the tradition of the democratic party or even the tradition of the nation. this is as old as the day it was first commanded. thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, to thy needy, in thy land. just think, mr. president because of this document and the long years of struggle which so many have put into creating it, in this town and 1000 other towns like it, there are men and women in pain who will now find ease. there are those alone in suffering who will now hear the sound of some approaching
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footsteps coming to help. there are those fearing the terrible darkness of despair and poverty despite the long years of labor and expectations who will now look up and see the light of hope and realization. there can be no satisfaction towards any act of leadership that gives greater satisfaction. perhaps you alone, dr. truman, perhaps you alone can fully know just how grateful i am for this day. [applause]
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president johnson: com eon over here. -- come on over here. [applause] [applause] [applause]
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