tv Medicare Signing Ceremony CSPAN July 26, 2015 11:55pm-12:25am EDT
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 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.
for those of our citizens who have completed their tour of duty and moved to the sidelines, these people are our 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 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] >> the president and mrs. truman. governor herbert, congressman king and the anderson-king team. congressman mills, and the mills-long team. our beloved vice president who worked in the vineyards many years to see this day come to pass, and all of my dear friends in the congress, both democrats and republicans. people of the united states who
love and voted for harry truman, not because he gave them hell but because he gave them hope. [applause] and i believe today that all america shares my joy that he is present now on the hope that he offered when it becomes reality for millions of our fellow citizens. i'm so proud that this is come to pass in the johnson administration. but it was really harry truman of missouri who planted the seeds of compassion and beauty which have today flowered into care for the state and serenity
for the fearful. many men can make many proposals. many men can draft many laws but few have the human eye which can see beyond the words of the people that they touch. few can see past the speeches in the political battles to the doctor over there that is tending the infant, 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 and to the poor. and fewer still have the curry
each to stake reputation and position and the effort of a lifetime upon such a cause when there are so few that share it. but such men who illuminate the life and history of a 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 respect to you today. for a country can be non-for the quality of the men it honors. by praising you and by caring forward your dream we really reaffirm the greatness of america.
it was a generation ago that harry truman said, and i quote him, millions of our sentiments do -- millions of our sentiments -- sentiments do not have the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health. many do not 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. today, mr. president, and my fellow americans, we are taking such action, 20 years later. [applause] and were doing that under the great leadership of men like
john mccormick, our speaker carl albert, and their able and beloved majority leader of the senate, mike mansfield, and distinguished members of the ways and means and financial committees of the house and senate of both parties democratic and republican. because the need for this action is plain we marvel not simply at the passage of this bill but what we marvel at is that it took so many years to pass it, and am so glad that amy is 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 and medical expenses that they cannot afford. every citizen will be able in his productive years when he is earning to ensure himself against the ravages of old age. this insurance will help pay for care and hospitals and skilled nursing homes or in the homes. here is how the plan will affect you. during your working years, you will contribute through the social security program and amount each payday for hospital insurance protection. the average worker in 1966 will contribute about $1.50 per month. the will contribute about a similar amount.
this will provide the funds to pay up to 90 days of hospital care plus. mastech care and up to 100 home health visits after your 65. beginning in 1967 you would cover for up to 100 days of care of skilled nursing home after hospital care and under separate plan when you're 65, congress originated in its own good judgment, you will be covered for medical and surgical fees whether your inner out of the hospital. you'll pay three dollars per month after your 65 in your government will contribute an equal amount, and the benefits under the law or is buried in broad as the marvelous modern medicine itself. if it has to be defects such as the method of payment of certain specialists, then i'm confident
those can quickly be remedied and i hope they will be. no longer will older americans be denied that healing their goal of modern medicine. no longer will illness crush and destroy president johnson: but they've so carefully put away over a lifetime so they might enjoy dignity, no longer what young family see their own income and hope it in a way simply because they are carrying out their deep moral obligation to their parents and to their uncles and and. no longer will this nation refuse they had of justice to those who have given a lifetime of service and wisdom and labor to the progress of this country. and this bill, mr. president, is
even broader than that. it will increase social security benefits for our older americans. it will improve a wide range of health and medical services for all americans. in 1935, when the men both of us 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 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 mexico. congressman cecil king of california. the legislative genius of the chairman -- 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. 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 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 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. 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 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.
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