Health law not first new program with launch woes - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Health law not first new program with launch woes

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Multiple problems have snarled the rollout of President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

But it's hardly the first time a new, sprawling government program has been beset by early technical glitches, political hostility and gloom-and-doom denouncements.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt faced heavy skepticism with his launch of Social Security from 1935 to 1937. And turbulence also rocked subsequent key presidential initiatives, including Lyndon Johnson's rollout of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965, Richard Nixon's Supplemental Security Income program in 1974 and George W. Bush's Medicare prescription drugs program in 2006.

Yet these programs today are enormously popular with recipients.

Obama and allies hope history will repeat itself with the health overhaul.

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