Delaney Statement on 50th Anniversary of Medicare & Medicaid
WASHINGTON – On July 30, 1975 President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation creating Medicare and Medicaid.
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) releases the following statement:
“The 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid is an anniversary worth celebrating. Fifty years ago, we made a commitment to expanding health care coverage for seniors and for children and families in need. It was the right thing to do in 1965 and it is the right thing to do today. Nearly everyone in America knows someone personally who has benefited from these programs, which serve millions of beneficiaries every day, but also strengthen our health care system as a whole by supporting doctors and hospitals and financing improvements in medical care. Given the success and importance of Medicare and Medicaid, I am strongly opposed to any effort to voucherize these programs, a move that would shift costs to seniors and vulnerable populations.”
Delaney is a cosponsor of a House Resolution introduced Wednesday that commemorates the remarkable impact of Medicare and Medicaid and calls for these programs to be strengthened and protected. Congressman Delaney has voted against the House Republican budget, which includes measures to voucherize Medicare each year he’s been in office.