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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9: MEDICAREProfile America —Saturday, February 9th.
On this date in 1961, newly inaugurated President
John Kennedy asked Congress to approve a health insurance program for 14.2 million Americans 65 or older, financed by an increase in social security taxes. The proposal languished in Congress until after Kennedy was assassinated, when Medicare finally passed and was signed into law
July 30, 1965 by President
Lyndon Johnson. Now, more than 49 million people are enrolled — eight million of them disabled. The 2010 Census counted over 40 million Americans age 65 and over. That number is projected to exceed 88 million by 2050. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy from the American Community Survey at
Sources: Statistical Abstract of
the United States 2012, t. 146U.S. Census Bureau, Facts for Features, CB12-FF.07
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau