As I posted before, JFK's Presidency is on Twitter... @Kennedy1961
The John F Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston has begun chronicling the former US president's 1,000 days in office on the micro-blogging website Twitter.
Today's tweet is about Social Security and the JFK Administration's attempts to bring what will become Medicare (after his assassination)into the Social Security System.
Here is a little run down of health care events going on in February of 1961 as President Kennedy attempts to bring that evil socialized medicine to the elderly.
February 4, 1961 The American Medical Association established its Political Action Committee (AHPAC). Its purposes included information to be provided physicians and others regarding Government activities affecting the medical profession. It especially involved a drive to prevent the passage of a health insurance program as then being advocated.
February 9, 1961 The President's Health Message was the first of its kind ever to be devoted exclusively to the need for a health care program.
February 13, 1961 H.R. 4222, the Health Insurance Benefits Act of 1961, proposing a program along the lines set forth by the President, was introduced by Representative King of California. S. 909, a companion bill, was introduced in the Senate by Senator Anderson. The House bill was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
February 20, 1961 President Kennedy submitted draft proposals to Congress for improvements in old-age, survivors and disability insurance programs.
(And just for good measure... let's check in on Lee Harvey Oswald in 1961... remember folks, Oswald had defected to the Soviet Union, but on February 13, 1961, started writing to the U.S. Embassy asking about coming back to America...)