Vice Chair Crowley Statement on the 50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid

July 30, 2015
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.)  – Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, released the statement below on the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid:

“For 50 years, Medicare and Medicaid have provided more than just a safety net – they have provided a lifeline to millions of Americans. These programs serve those who are most in need, and they have made a tremendous difference in the lives of so many, but also a difference in how we think about our social responsibility in this country.

“We have moved so far from the days when seniors were going without health care because they couldn’t afford insurance, and from the days when working families worried about how to get health care for their children. Now we must keep that going for the next generation.

“With Medicare and Medicaid, we made a promise that we will take care of those who need health care the most – a promise we continued with the Affordable Care Act, but our work is far from done.

“I will fight to ensure that the next 50 years are marked by the same kind of progress and commitment to strengthening health care in this country as the last 50 years. I promise to stand up to those who would do away with the guarantee of Medicare, who would undermine Medicaid, and who would shred our nation’s social safety net into threads.

“Today, as we celebrate Medicare and Medicaid, let us renew our promise to protect, improve, and expand these vital programs.”