A look at the political debates that have shaped the health insurance program over the years.
1962 John F. Kennedy called attention to the establishment of a Medicare program by making it a central tenet of his 1960 campaign. Here, two years later, citizens fill New York’s Madison Square Garden to capacity at a rally to hear the president speak in support of his administration’s proposal. Kennedy said the arguments against his Medicare program were the same ones raised 25 years ago when Social Security was proposed. AP Buy Photo