Explain Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society; include the establishment of Medicare.


What was the “Great Society” – Domestic  policies created and passed to make his “Great Society” possible?

The Great Society was a “blueprint” that was envisioned by Lyndon B. Johnson in order to end poverty, improve education, protect the environment/revitalize cities, and promote equality throughout America. Some of the domestic polices that Johnson passed to make the Great Society possible are: the Wilderness Protection Act, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Voting Rights Act, Medicare, the Ominbus Housing Act, and the Immigration Act. All of these acts helped to make the Great Society a reality in America.

What is Medicare, how is it funded, who does it take care of?

Medicare is a federal health insurance programs that help to cover seniors 65 years or older, young people with disabilities, and other with permanent kidney failure. Medicare is funded through general revenue, payroll taxes, premiums, transfers from states, taxation of Social Security benefits, and interest. Medicare also covers things like hospital inpatient services, outpatient prescription drugs, hospital outpatient services, and home health, among other things.


The knowledge that will stick with me is how much medicare actually covers and how helpful it is to older people and others with diseases and disabilities. It also suprised me how many places Medicare gets it funding from. It relates to today’s society as Medicare is still used today and still helps a great amount of people with healthcare throughout their retirement.


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