Medicare Celebrates 45 Years! Senior Health Better Ever Since!

July 1st 2011 marks the 45th anniversary of the implementation of Medicare (July 1, 1966). President Lyndon Johnson’s signed the landmark health care program on July 30, 1965.

Despite Medicare’s superb contribution to improving our society, House Republicans voted nearly unanimously to scuttle the program so as to pay for tax more breaks for Big Oil, hedge fund billionaires, huge corporations, and corporate jet owners.

And every single GOP presidential candidate also supports this grotesque plan to end Medicare.

Facts about the revered program the GOP has devoted itself to destroying:

  • 47 MILLION…the number of Americans for whom Medicare provides comprehensive health care
  • 51 PERCENT…the number of Americans 65 or older who did not have health care before Medicare was passed, while today virtually all elderly Americans have health care thanks to Medicare
  • 30 PERCENT…the number of elderly Americans who lived in poverty before Medicare, a number now reduced to 7.5 PERCENT
  • 72 PERCENT…the number of Americans in a recent poll who said that Medicare is “extremely” or “very” important to their retirement security

What Would the GOP Plan to End Medicare Mean?

  • The end to Medicare’s affordable package of guaranteed benefits
  • Immediate increase in prescription drug costs for seniors because the notorious “donut hole” would be re-opened
  • A massive shift of health care costs to seniors, more than doubling their out-of-pockets costs:


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