Welcome to America Comes Alive!, a site I created to share little-known stories of America’s past. These stories are about Americans—people just like you—who have made a difference and changed the course of history. Look around the site and find what inspires you.
On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law. This provided a health insurance program for elderly Americans. Former President Harry S. Truman was enrolled as Medicare’s first beneficiary and received the first Medicare card. (Truman was the first president to propose national health insurance.)