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Kennedycare - Fifty years before Obamacare, JFK had his own health care debacle
Slate ^ | November 17, 2013 | John Dickerson

Posted on 11/18/2013 12:55:24 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

"......[SNIP].....The last chapter of Kennedy's failure on Medicare came as a result of either being hoodwinked by members of Congress or in misreading them, which, given the nature of backroom deals in the 1960s, may have been the same thing. In a last-ditch effort, the president and Medicare proponents returned to the original strategy of trying to attach the health care program to the welfare bill in the Senate. The measure was debated for three weeks, after which Democratic leader Mike Mansfield thought he had the 50 votes needed for passage. (Vice President Lyndon Johnson would break the tie.)

The opposition, made up of Republicans and Southern Democrats, did not filibuster the bill the way they would today, but that's because they had better weaponry. Oklahoma Sen. Robert Kerr, a Democrat and one of the most powerful men in the Senate, was the leader of the opposition. He was highly skilled at manipulating his colleagues through almost any means necessary. ("Mr. Kennedy asked; Mr. Kerr decided," wrote the Wall Street Journal at the time.).....according to historian Irving Bernstein, Kerr wrote a provision into the welfare bill that extended a $21 million overexpenditure to West Virginia—essentially a kickback—and Randolph voted against Kennedy.

In the end, Kennedy's attempt to play both the outside game and the inside game failed. Such defeats led to the kind of appraisals that President Obama now faces as his approval ratings and personal ratings hit new lows. "There is a vague feeling of doubt and disappointment about President Kennedy," wrote James Reston ..."He has touched the intellect of the country, but not its heart. He has informed but not inspired the nation....[H]is problem is probably not how to get elected, but how to govern." Fifty years later,...

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TOPICS: Government; Health/Medicine; History; Politics
KEYWORDS: healthcare; jfk; johnkennedy; medicare

1 posted on 11/18/2013 12:55:25 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It should be pointed Democrats used to be a power unto themselves. They numbered around a dozen and could squeeze on both Republican Democratic agendas. That group is non-existent today (sadly).

We used to have Senators who represented their states and bargained every single deal to benefit their state or their voters. That mentality is long-gone.

2 posted on 11/18/2013 1:29:04 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice
Only idiots and the evil voted for Obama, or ANY of the Democrats.
They've lied to us, constantly, and really are "Collapsing the System".
And now, these "Useful IDIOTS" who voted for them, are buying the lies that "Obamacare was designed to work." ?
It was designed to fail from the start.
THEN ... THEY GO TO THE "SINGLE-PAYER SYSTEM". They've been sucking our wallets dry for over four years now on the "Obamacare" LIE.
Our Founding Fathers would have hung them already!

Lets review: So Democrats,
Sen Mark Kirk's statement Thursday, Dec 1, 2011 ... It's not our fault that DEMOCRATS raided the Social Security Trust Fund.
Let's remember ...

3 posted on 11/18/2013 1:40:54 AM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest

But, but we wuz promised! Here is what the SSA said back in 1964.


“The program is designed so that contributions plus interest on the investments of the social security trust funds will be sufficient to meet all of the costs of benefits and administration, now and into the indefinite future—without any subsidy from the general funds of the Government. Both the Congress and the Executive Branch, regardless of political party in power, have scrupulously provided in advance for full financing of all liberalizations in the program.”

And HERE is where your money went! Read and weep!

4 posted on 11/18/2013 6:02:03 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Thanks for the links.

5 posted on 11/18/2013 6:09:59 AM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

This article and another one from the Huffington Post reflects how the Left really views JFK.

6 posted on 11/18/2013 9:56:18 AM PST by cowboyusa
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To: Yosemitest


7 posted on 11/18/2013 9:57:39 AM PST by cowboyusa
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