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Medicare had a messy start, too
Santa Rosa Press Democrat

There are rumblings that the glitches attending the rollout of the Affordable Care Act — along with the relentless campaign to sabotage or delay it in numerous states — mean the program is dead on arrival. But the history of an equally controversial and vast government effort, Medicare, indicates that predictions of Obamacare’s demise are greatly exaggerated.

Medicare became law July 30, 1965, after a decades-long legislative struggle to create government-sponsored health care for all Americans 65 and older. Like the Affordable Health Care Act, Medicare required that people register for it. Then, as now, problems immediately surfaced, threatening to imperil the program.