Medicare celebrates 50 years!, October 1, 2015
Medicare was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, on July 30, 1965. Standing by his side as he signed the legislation were former President Harry S. Truman and his wife Bess. President Truman had first tried to enact legislation which would ensure health care for all Americans in 1945, but it would take 20 years and many negotiations for Medicare to finally become law. Today Medicare covers 55 million people and provides insurance for one in six Americans.