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Friday, July 27, 2012

Happy 47th Anniversary

Megan Salzman

Staff Writer

Monday marks the 47th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid being signed into law – two of the most vital and successful programs in our nation’s history! For nearly five decades, millions of seniors and low-income families across the country have relied on these laws for basic health care coverage. However, as budget battles and party politics intensify across the country, the attacks on these programs are escalating.

Republicans in Congress have voted to slash these fundamental programs – while they’re fighting tooth and nail to preserve the tax cuts for the top 2 percent! They’re willing to let the vulnerable populations served by Medicare and Medicaid fend for themselves.

Before 1965, seniors and low-income families were too often unable to get the care they needed. However, today nearly 42 million seniors and people with disabilities receive Medicare, and nearly 30 million low-income children are covered by Medicaid. Together Medicare and Medicaid provide critical health care services to our most vulnerable citizens.

Republicans again propose slashing funding for critical health care programs. However, in the name of deficit reduction, the GOP is shifting costs to consumers and states. At the same time, preserving tax breaks for the wealthiest 2 percent. This means bigger health costs for families; cuts to hospitals, nursing homes, and providers; and more costs for those who need long-term care, including frail seniors and people with disabilities. In reality, it is a path that destroys health care security for these vulnerable populations.

Millions of Americans are covered by Medicare and Medicaid. Each of them has a name, a face, a story. They may be a member of your family -- your grandparents, your aunt, or even your uncle. Or a friend. Or maybe you rely on Medicare or Medicaid for your own health care. We must continue to fight to ensure our senior citizens and people with disabilities can afford their prescription drugs and doctor visits and that low-income families do not have to choose between putting food on the table and getting the health care they need, just because politicians are playing games again in Washington.

To show your support for Medicare and Medicaid, please share our anniversary
eCard to show Republicans how much we stand to lose.