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Executive Order Recalls Racial Integration of Hospitals

President Obama's move reminded many of another presidential action from decades ago. In July 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the bill that created Medicare. Medicare was meant to create a health-care safety net for elderly and disabled Americans. But a quiet provision of the new law required the racial desegregation of participating hospitals. 

Dr. Quentin Young talks more about that history and how it might apply to the gay-rights movement. He is a civil rights leader, a public health expert and former hospital administrator. And we're proud to say, a former contributor to WBEZ.

Music Button:  Bill Frisell, "Lazy Robinson Pt. 2", from the CD History Mystery, (Nonesuch)

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