Pelosi Statement on 56th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid

July 30, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released this statement marking the 56th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid being signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson, on July 30, 1965:

“Fifty-six years ago, our nation made a bedrock promise to our seniors and working families: that they deserve the dignity and security of quality, affordable health care.  Today, Medicare and Medicaid stand as pillars of health and justice, ensuring that millions of Americans receive the care they need, regardless of age or financial means.  

“As we celebrate this anniversary, Democrats reaffirm this longstanding and unyielding belief: health care is a right, not a privilege.  That is why we remain committed to defending Medicare and Medicaid against Republicans’ constant, callous attacks, as well as advancing legislation to bring down sky-high prescription drug prices, improve Medicare’s benefits for seniors and build on the success of the Affordable Care Act to lower health care costs for American families.

“Strengthening the health of all our families and communities is a key part of Democrats’ Build Back Better agenda.  The Biden-Harris Administration and Democrats in Congress are proud to fight for the health, financial security and well-being of families across America.”