On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law. Today marks the 46th anniversary of that signing. In recognition of that anniversary, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
Since Medicare was signed into law in 1965, generations of American seniors have enjoyed the iron-clad guarantee of quality health care. As a result, Americans across the country have been able to live out their retirement in better health and with greater dignity. Unfortunately, that has not stopped Republicans from repeatedly attacking this important program, striving to do nothing less than ending Medicare as we know it. But Democrats will not allow them to succeed.
With the Affordable Care Act, President Obama and Democrats in Congress strengthened Medicare and made prescription drugs and preventive care more accessible to American seniors. Today, Democrats are working hard to guarantee that we aren’t balancing our budget at the expense of our parents’ and grandparents’ health. We cannot renege on our obligations to the people who raised us. We will not turn our backs on the Greatest Generation. On this anniversary of the signing of Medicare, I join with Americans across the country in pledging once again to defend and champion this vital program.