Lyndon Johnson: The Great Society

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The Great Society came to the fore front in 1964, but it was shaped early in Lyndon Johnson’s life as a teacher, politician and then vice president. Johnson knew that the United States needed to change in order to grow a powerful society of equality. He had strong views and political agenda that he wanted to end poverty and inequality as a nation. Johnson stated (1964) “The Great Society rests on abundance and liberty for all. It demands an end to poverty and racial injustice, to which we are totally committed in our time.” Lyndon Johnson’s vision and subsequent actions to create the Great Society helped form a better nation and its legacy still has affects on politics today. This vision was arguably the most polarizing effort to push what the American…show more content…
One of the most well known programs created by the Great Society to better the United States health was medicare. “The architects of the Great Society aimed to use government to broaden the distribution of social goods and opportunities” (Fishkin & Forbath, 2014) . Following President Johnson’s election in 1964 he fairly swiftly signed an amendment to the Social Security Act that would create medicare and medicaid. Medicare took care of the elderly people, and medicaid took care of sick poor individuals and families. It covered a great deal of the working class at the time. The act also made sure that local health centers were financed. Health was also achieved by the Nursing Act of 1964, Benefit for Disabled Veterans Bill, and many other rehabilitative and health programs. “Regional Medical Programs and Comprehensive Health Planning agencies on both a state and local level were established to provide health care planning” (Brown-Collier, 1998). Another act that better Americans health although it was later replaced was the Food Stamp Act of 1964. These health programs took care of many families and individuals in
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