August 8, 2009

Lawrence O'Donnell talks to Joe Califano about Medicare's inception and Ronald Reagan's opposition to it. O'Donnell replays part of a propoganda video made by Reagan for the AMA from back in 1963 warning of the dangers of socialism if Medicare passed. As O'Donnell noted, later when Reagan ran for President, he was not campaigning to abolish Medicare despite his previous opposition to it.

Califano, the former special assistant to Lyndon Johnson takes us through the history of what it took to get Medicare passed.

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