One of LBJ's most popular achievements was Medicare -- health care for the aged.
When Europeans and Canadians arrive in America, they are often shocked that "the Yanks" have no publicly-administered health care system (as at home). For decades, they have enjoyed a National ID Card -- which permits FREE access to health care.
Since 1966, America's Medicare has managed health care for millions of retirees. Restricted to those at least 65 years old, it is financed by a small levy on workers' wages (1.45% paid by workers, 1.45% paid by employers -- on every dollar earned).
Medicare is extremely popular for senior citizens. It is paid for by a small tax, and it limits fees that are charged by enrolled doctors and practitioners for all services -- surgeries, ER visits, blood tests, MRI Exams, and hundreds of medical procedures.
Medicare covers 58 million Americans in 2021. Under Medicare, health care firms retain their privately-owned and privately-managed practices. They are not owned or managed, in any way, by the Federal Government. Medicare's responsibility is limited to fee regulation, streamlined administration, and a Single-Payer System of payment.
Under the successful Medicare Program:
1. Doctors, clinics and hospitals are quickly compensated,
2. Patients receive effective and timely treatment, and
3. Health-care costs are effectively, and strictly, regulated.
Medicare has been a financial success since 1966.
However, the popular Federal Program has been hit by a 3-10% fraud rate -- because of criminal doctors and companies. The Government has fined and imprisoned hundreds of embezzling, record-falsifying, fake-charge-generating, and other criminal doctors.
Here are just a few examples of greedy millionaires who have defrauded Medicare:
1. A Florida doctor is being prosecuted for embezzling $2.1 billion from Medicare,
2. A Florida doctor was imprisoned for embezzling $26 million from Medicare,
3. A Texas doctor was imprisoned 5 years for Medicare fraud.
Those who argue for "Wall Street's Approach" to health care -- in favor of unlimited wealth for millionaire doctors and firms -- are often completely blind to the poverty, lack of affordable health care, deaths, and anguish of unprotected working families.
Wall Street never attacks the immoral greed of unregulated, millionaire practitioners.
Wall Street annually spends millions of dollars, lobbying Beltway politicians to block the accessibility, affordability and accountability of health care for America's poor.
LBJ and Truman were supremely aware of the progress of Governments of Allied Nations, which had achieved far more affordable and accessible health care for all:
1. The United Kingdom
TEDDY ROOSEVELT: A PROGRESSIVE CHAMPION
THE ROOSEVELTS: PROGRESS FOR POOR WORKERS
PRESIDENT WILSON: A LEGACY OF PROGRESS
PRESIDENT JOHNSON: A LEGACY OF PROGRESS
For nearly 100 years after The Civil War, Segregation Laws and rampant racism
were brutal realities for African-Americans. President Teddy Roosevelt, however, made history when he publicly invited one of America's most prominent African-Americans to The White House: Distinguished Educator Booker T. Washington.
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During the American Revolutionary War, General Kosciuszko led The Colonial Army to build state-of-the-art military fortifications. As a Commander of Combat Engineers, the Polish General's brilliant fortifications in New York State enabled The Thirteen Colonies to win the famous victory at The Battle of Saratoga -- which prompted military assistance from France.
Without French military support, the American Revolution might have been a failure.
After the Saratoga Victory, France's critical military support gave General Washington the decisive edge to achieve victory against Great Britain -- at The Battle of Yorktown in 1781.
Gen. Kosciuszko was a key figure in establishing West Point (the U.S. Military Academy).
The Polish General was granted 500 acres and $15,000 by Congress for his achievements during the Revolutionary War. However, he refused to accept the Grants. He demanded that both Grants be dedicated to the building of Free Schools for African-Americans.
How many of today's "leaders" possess the genius and genorosity of Kosciuszko?
In 2021, America is globally criticized for its culture of worker poverty, managerial greed, overpaid CEO's, expensive health care -- and do-nothing, Wall Street-elected politicians.
Kosciuszko's generosity stands in stark contrast to the greed of today's leaders.
How many of today's overpaid politicians seek policies to help America's poor workers?
Why do teachers live in poverty? Why are college graduates mired in massive debt?
Fighting against greed, key leaders have brought about key reforms in our history:
Kosciuszko's fight against slavery. Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and the end of slavery. Teddy Roosevelt's historic trust-busting and worker reforms. Wilson's extensive progressive reforms, re-establishment of a Free Poland, and The League of Nations. FDR's New Deal. Truman's Fair Deal and Armed Forces desegregation. LBJ's Great Society.
The Roosevelts -- against the immoral opposition of Big Business -- ended the 6-day work week, 12-hour work day, child labor, and denial of pensions to poor workers.
Without the progressive achievements of Presidents Teddy Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt, American workers in 2021 would be living under very harsh conditions:
1. Six-day work week
2. Twelve-hour work day
3. Forced labor of children in factories
4. Lack of safety regulations at the workplace
5. Lack of employer-provided, or government-provided, health care
6. Lack of any pensions for retired and disabled workers.
As staunchly patriotic Presidents, they fought to make America "Number One" in:
1. Production of steel, aluminum, and other critical products
2. Production of aircraft, automobiles, commercial/navy ships, and military hardware
3. Production of high-tech consumer goods
4. Maintaining the world's most powerful Navy, Army and Air Force
5. National Infrastructure: Federal Roadways, Railways, Waterways, etc.
7. Health Care
8. Regulating Big Business (and the Lobby Industry) for the benefit of all
9. Unquestioned prominence as the world's "Nation Of The Future"
10. Worker prosperity, productivity and general welfare.
The Roosevelts sought to maintain the leading edge of high technology in America.
Opposed to Totalitarian Dictators, they would have staunchly opposed:
1. Granting "Most Favored Nation Trade Status" to Communist Red China
2. Granting WTO (World Trade Organization) Membership to Communist Red China
3. Sending any high-tech factories of U.S. Firms to Communist Red China
4. Allowing Congress to betray the U.S. economy, by sending good jobs to Red China.
FDR'S POPULAR SOCIAL SECURITY PROGRAM
Prior to the progressive reforms of President Wilson:
1. Women could not vote,
2. Millions of children worked in factories,
3. Factory workers toiled 10 to 12 hours per day, with low pay and no pensions,
4. Big Business forged monopolies in many industries, raising prices for consumers.
President Wilson's popular platform of "The New Freedom" achieved:
1. The 19th Amendment (establishing the right of women to vote),
2. The Keating-Owen Child Labor Act of 1916 (outlawing child labor),
3. The Adamson Act of 1916 (eight-hour work day),
4. The Clayton Anti-Trust Act of 1914 (regulating Big Business, protecting unions),
5. The Federal Reserve Act of 1913,
6. The Revenue Act of 1913 (coercing wealthy tax-dodgers to support the Nation).
Awarded The Nobel Peace Prize, President Wilson:
1. Ended World War One (by sending victorious U.S. troops to Europe),
2. Established The League of Nations,
3. Established The Fourteen Points (promoting post-war peace), and
Deeply aware of senior poverty, FDR signed into law The Social Security Program. Before Roosevelt, America's poor and patriotic workers -- despite working 50 to 70 years in a lifetime of hard labor -- were denied any hope of a pension in old age.
KOSCIUSZKO: A ROLE MODEL FOR TODAY'S LEADERS
MEDICARE: THE POPULAR FEDERAL PROGRAM
MEDICARE'S OPPONENTS: GREEDY CORPORATIONS
American workers owe a huge debt of gratitude to President Theodore Roosevelt.
Along with improving race relations, he made great strides against worker poverty.
Among President Roosevelt's many progressive achievements, he:
1. Regulated Big Business, after the Robber Baron Era, with The Square Deal,
2. Supported unions, raised workers' wages, and shortened the 12-hour work day,
3. Signed into law the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act
4. Broke up corporate monopolies and trusts, and
5. Built the historic and revolutionary Panama Canal.
ROOSEVELT RAISED COAL MINER WAGES AND SHORTENED THEIR LONG WORK DAY
During the Great Coal Miner Strike of 1902, Roosevelt solved the crisis after creating an independent commission. The greedy owners would not budge, but TR's tough and moral stance gained the miners a 10% pay raise and a reduced workday (9 hours).
ROOSEVELT BROKE UP RAILROAD MONOPOLIES TO HELP CONSUMERS & WORKERS
In the 1904 Northern Securities Antitrust Case, greedy barons sought to merge several large railroad networks -- to create the world's largest corporation. TR filed suit in Federal Court to block the merger, after invoking the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. Balking at the outrageous, unbridled and anti-worker greed of J.P. Morgan, TR changed the course of history when he turned the U.S. Federal Government into a regulator of Big Business -- as opposed to a "rubber-stamp" patsy. TR fought to end decades of worker poverty, rampant workplace deaths, and lack of regulations on product/food safety.
American workers salute the legacy of LBJ -- "The John Wayne Of American Politics." Historians acclaim LBJ as one of America's most progressive and pro-worker presidents.
LBJ was a rugged, horse-riding and calf-roping rancher and family man. Born in the Texas Hill Country, he had a rugged Old West heritage. His grandfather Big Sam was a tough cattle rancher, who drove herds of cattle on the Chisholm Trail to Kansas. Big Sam was a leader in the Texas Populist Party. LBJ's father -- Sam, Jr. -- was a cotton farmer and school teacher, who was elected to six terms as a Texas State Legislator.
LBJ -- unlike today's often-criticized "Corporate Democrats" -- was a strong leader.
As a Member of Congress during The Great Depression, LBJ staunchly supported FDR and The New Deal. With federal help, he gained tremendous progress for Texas: rural electrification, hydroelectric power, dams, paved roadways, schools, hundreds of public buildings, dozens of state parks, the LCRA, and many other landmark achievements.
He is ranked by historians as one of America's most effective Senators and Presidents.
Upon becoming President, LBJ's War On Poverty helped millions of poor families.
LBJ scorned The Beltway for its "pathetic ignorance" of farmer and worker poverty. He criticized the huge salaries of Beltway elites -- and their lack of concern for the poor.
He fought for greater prosperity for poor workers: more union jobs, paid sick leave, more home ownership, and less media hype about overpaid "free agent" athletes.
Shifting the national focus from fake promises to the poor to major achievements for the poor, he challenged Congress to pass powerful bills to overcome the "status quo."
Re-elected in a landslide victory in 1964, LBJ achieved many historic firsts:
1. The Civil Rights Act (which helped millions of poor Americans),
2. The Voting Rights Act (which helped millions of poor Americans),
3. Medicaid (which helped millions of poor Americans),
4. Medicare (which helped millions of poor Americans),
5. The American Auto Industry, without question, was the world's leader,
6. The American Space Program, without question, was the world's leader,
7. The prosperity of working families, and not Wall Street greed, was an urgent issue,
8. Small farmers, factory workers, senior citizens, and the poor were shown respect.