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Dingell Statement on the 55th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid

Washington, July 30, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) released the following statement on the 55th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid being signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 30, 1965.

“As a nation, our values are judged by how we help our most vulnerable citizens. Whether our neighbors who are struggling financially or growing older in age, these programs have helped millions of Americans. Now, in the midst of a global pandemic, we have seen how access to healthcare can be a matter of life and death,” said Dingell. “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 them.” 

Dingell continued, “John was at President Johnson’s side in 1965 as Medicare was signed. This day was an important start, as it culminated decades of work that his father had begun before him and he carried on. Now we must finish the work and deliver Medicare for All and guarantee quality healthcare for every American.”

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