Pelosi Statement on 54th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid
July 30, 2019
Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released this statement marking the 54th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid being signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 30, 1965:
“Fifty-four years ago, our government made a fundamental promise of dignity and security for seniors and working families when President Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law. Today, Medicare and Medicaid are pillars of fairness, justice and health security for millions of Americans. Yet, despite these initiatives’ transformational impact on the health and well-being of the American people, Republicans are holding firm to their long-held dream of gutting Medicaid and making Medicare ‘wither on the vine.’
“Our Democratic Majority is standing strong against Republicans’ outrageous health care sabotage and is working to protect and strengthen Medicare and Medicaid’s vital lifeline for seniors and working families. We are advancing bold legislation that achieves real savings for American families by bringing down the out-of-control prices of prescription drugs and moving generics to market more quickly. We are also calling for improvements in Medicare benefits, honoring our sacred responsibility to our nation’s seniors and their families.
“While Republicans continue to put their special interest agenda ahead of workers and seniors, Democrats are fighting For The People, to lower the cost of health care and the price of prescription drugs, raise wages for hard-working families and ensure that Washington works for the public interest, not the special interests. As we celebrate 54 years of Medicare and Medicaid’s extraordinary impact, we know that defending the dignity and well-being of seniors and working families is not just an issue, but an urgent moral priority. We will not relent in our mission to end injustice in health care and advance progress for all Americans.