Tom Little
"Just Some Old Guy"
The Tennessean, April 3, 1960
Tom Little Collection
Vanderbilt University Special Collections
An elderly man holds a document that says "Plea for health insurance for the aged," as two younger man walk past unconcerned. The caption reads: "Just some old guy." The Forand Bill, which proposed medical care and medical treatment (Medicare) for citizens over 65, was first introduced in 1957. It was debated and revised at length but made little significant progress toward becoming law. In 1960, the bill failed a key vote in the Ways and Means Committee, which could have killed it. But pressure from citizens kept the idea of healthcare for seniors from slipping out of congressional sight. Though the Social Security Act did not pass until 1965, Time magazine called it "one of 1960's most incendiary political issues."