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Explain Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society; include the establishment of Medicare

What was the “Great Society” – Domestic  policies created and passed to make his “Great Society” possible

Johnson declared a “war on poverty.” He challenged Americans to build a “Great Society” that eliminated the troubles of the poor.

Here is a list of Johnson’s plans that made his Great Society possible:

  • The Elementary and Secondary Education Act provided major funding for American public schools.
  • The Voting Rights Act banned literacy tests and other discriminatory methods of denying suffrage to African Americans.
  • Medicare was created to offset the costs of health care for the nation’s elderly.
  • The National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities used public money to fund artists and galleries.
  • The Immigration Act ended discriminatory quotas based on ethnic origin.
  • An Omnibus Housing Act provided funds to construct low-income housing.
  • Congress tightened pollution controls with stronger Air and Water Quality Acts.
  • Standards were raised for safety in consumer products.

What is Medicare how is it funded, who does it take care of

In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed off on Medicare. Medicare is a health insurance program for elderly Americans. Medicare is funded entirely by the federal government and paid for in part through payroll taxes.

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Reflection

I never learned much about Lyndon B. Johnson up until this point. Never did I realize how much he did during his presidency. During his presidency, he signed the Medicare act. This is something that affects Americans to this day and is still a hot topic in Congress. His idea of a Great Society is something that will stick with me along with the things he did to help Americans

Resources

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/johnson-signs-medicare-into-law

http://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/presidents/lyndonbjohnson

 

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