Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today in recognition of the 48th anniversary of the creation of Medicare and Medicaid:
“For 48 years, Democrats have stood firm for the basic promise of Medicare: after a lifetime of work, seniors deserve the security of a stable retirement and access to quality health care. Today, it remains our responsibility and our commitment to sustain, strengthen, and protect Medicare on behalf of all Americans.
“With the Affordable Care Act, we extended the life and solvency of Medicare, offered new protections to seniors, and started to close the prescription drug ‘donut hole.’ For seniors, the law secured better care for lower cost, with free annual wellness visits and a renewed focus on prevention. Yet House Republicans refuse to accept these successes; instead, they will spend this week voting for the 40th time to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It’s just plain wrong.
“It would be bad enough for Republicans to vote to put insurance companies back in charge of Americans’ health care; to make matters worse, they continue to support the Ryan budget to end the Medicare guarantee and make seniors pay more. Americans deserve better. Today, 48 years after Medicare became the law of the land, we must work together to ensure it remains strong for seniors today and generations to come.”