Wilbur Mills

“In a surprise move, Ways and Means chairman Wilbur Mills incorporated these proposals into the administration-backed bill, ending up with a three-tiered program, far broader than proponents of any of the plans had envisioned.” (pg 207)

Lyndon Baines Johnson was the 36th President of the United States from the Democratic Party, and his plan was to create the Great Society program to help the poor and eliminate racial unfairness.  Establishing the Medicare-Medicaid bill was one of the most important element of achieving the program, but the Republicans and some others had opposed it. However, Wilbur Mills supported Johnson, so the Medicare bill was enacted. This establishment was one of the most significant governmental accomplishment of social reform by Johnson and a liberalist at the time.