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Medicare: Wading Through the Alphabet Soup

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How did Medicare get started? Let’s see how you do on this quiz.

  1. Which U.S. President signed Medicare as a law? (source)
    Answer: Lyndon B. Johnson
  2. How many people signed up for Medicare in 1965, its first year? (source)
    Answer: 19 million
  3. Before Medicare was signed into law in 1965, how many revisions had been drafted? (source)
    Answer: Approximately 80 revisions, compromises, and alternatives.

With 80 revisions, you can quickly assess how difficult it was to create Medicare from the very beginning. Over time, the Medicare system has not decreased in complexity.

For many people, their 65th

birthday is an extra-special celebration because of Medicare enrollment. However, the wrapped gift of Medicare comes with a very confusing tangle of ribbons and bows.

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