|REP. BECERRA ON THE 47TH ANNIVERSARY OF MEDICARE|
|Monday, 30 July 2012 19:18|
LOS ANGELES —To mark the 47th anniversary of the signing of Medicare into law, Representative Xavier Becerra (CA-31), Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus and Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security, released the following statement today. President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law on July 30, 1965.
“For nearly five decades now, Medicare has safeguarded the health and well-being of America’s seniors. Its guarantee of quality, affordable health care has helped Americans live healthier lives with dignity and peace of mind.
We have come a long way from a time when nearly half of those over 65 years old lacked health coverage. The days when many of America’s seniors were forced to go without or delay care because insurance companies refused to offer coverage are history.
Now more than ever, Congress should remain steadfast in strengthening Medicare, not ending or privatizing it. In 2010, with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, we made important strides in preserving Medicare for today’s seniors and generations to come. But this anniversary is a reminder that we must continue our commitment to those who have contributed a lifetime of hard work to America.”
Medicare currently provides 47 million seniors quality reliable health care. The program was strengthened by the Affordable Care Act which improved it by: