DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today in recognition of the 46th anniversary of the implementation of Medicare, which was signed into law on July 30, 1965 and began to take effect July 1, 1966.
“For 46 years, Medicare has provided security to our nation’s seniors and ensured that Americans are able to obtain the care they need throughout their retirement-- living healthier and more dignified lives. President Obama is steadfastly committed to protecting Medicare for all seniors. Last week, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, which increases Medicare’s solvency by 8 years and strengthens the program by cracking down on waste, fraud, and abuse while improving care for patients. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney and Congressional Republicans are doing everything they can to end Medicare as we know it.
“In my work with Florida’s seniors, I know how important this program is to their daily lives. On this important anniversary, President Obama and the Democratic Party reaffirm our commitment to protecting Medicare and guaranteeing that this program marks many more successful years.”