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07/30/2013 10:19 am ET

Lyndon B. Johnson Signed Medicare Into Law 48 Years Ago Today

On this day in 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson established Medicare and Medicaid when he signed the Social Security Act into law.

At the bill-signing ceremony, former President Harry S. Truman was the first to be enrolled as a Medicare beneficiary, and received the first Medicare card.

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