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How Civil Rights Legislation Helped Birth Medicare


The term "Medicare for all" is getting a workout in the presidential campaign.  People sometimes forget there was Medicare for none until 1965, and it took a big battle to get the program through Congress. 

Note that 1965 was also the year of the Voting Rights Act, a companion to the Civil Rights Act of a year before.  Medicare played a part in integrating American medicine, a story covered by the documentary film "The Power to Heal: Medicare and the Civil Rights Revolution."

It will screen in Arcata on Saturday (March 7th), sponsored by Black Humboldt, Health Care For All-California, and Physicians for a National Health Program.  PNHP President-Elect Susan Rogers and Humboldt County physician Corinne Frugoni are the guests. 

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