Medicaid. Medicare. Food Stamps. Head Start. The Great Society of the 1960s is still woven deeply into American life. And it is the subject of vociferous attack in Congress, editorial pages, and presidential tweets. The original drive for the Great Society, led by the still-controversial Lyndon B. Johnson, had at its heart a guarantee of health care for the old and the poor. Steadily, conservatives have built up a formidable counter-drive—culminating in today’s congressional assault on Medicaid. What impact do these fights have on our nation? Why are Great Society policies still under attack?
We hear from Joseph Califano, chief domestic aide to President Lyndon B. Johnson and an architect of the Great Society program. Califano served as Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare in the Carter administration, and is one of the nation's leading voices on health and addiction policy. He is joined by Karen Tumulty, a columnist at The Washington Post who closely covered recent fights over Medicaid, immigration, and the Affordable Care Act.
6 PM: Check-In
6:30 PM: Program