Hoyer Statement on Anniversary of Medicare Being Signed into Law

For Immediate Release:

July 29, 2011

Contact:

Daniel Reilly, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement on the 46th anniversary of Medicare being signed into law, which is tomorrow July 30:

“Tomorrow marks the 46th anniversary of Medicare being signed into law by President Johnson. For almost 50 years, Democrats have fought to preserve this bedrock program. And we will continue the fight, despite Republican attempts to end it and raise costs for seniors. House Republicans have repeatedly voted for a budget plan that would more than double seniors’ health care costs, re-open the prescription drug donut hole and place seniors at the whim of the private insurance market.

“Before Medicare, only 51 percent of Americans over 65 had health care coverage – but thanks to this vital program, today coverage for those 65 and older is virtually universal. Democrats have strengthened Medicare through the Affordable Care Act and will continue to ensure that the program remains viable. As we mark this anniversary, Democrats will continue to stand firm against Republican attempts to undermine Medicare, and are committed to preserving the program for generations to come.”

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