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Dingell Statement on the 54th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid

Washington, July 30, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) released the following statement on the 54th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid being signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 30, 1965.

A photo of John Dingell, Jr. and President Johnson at the bill signing is available here.

“This is a poignant day for me as we celebrate the anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, and John and his father’s historical role. John was at President Johnson’s side in 1965 as it was signed. This day was an important beginning, as it culminated several decades of work that his father had begun before him and he carried on.

“That day the guarantee of quality, affordable healthcare was delivered to millions of hardworking men and women. Fifty-four years later, these programs have proven to be among the most successful in American history. 

“As a nation, our values are judged by how we help our most vulnerable citizens. Whether our neighbors are struggling financially or growing older in age, these programs have helped millions of Americans live healthy and vibrant lives. Medicare and Medicaid are a true pillars of our values.

“That’s why it is so important we continue to protect and improve upon these programs. Anything less than that is a let down to the millions of hardworking men and women whose lives depend upon this. And I have a moral responsibility to fight for that everyday.”

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