Ms. BASS of California. In July, Medicare will be 46 years old. This is an opportunity for all of us to take a look at history.
In 1965, 44 percent of Americans over the age of 65 had no health insurance. Many seniors were pushed into poverty by medical costs. In 1965, when Medicare was first passed, out of 200 Republican Members of Congress, less than half voted for it. Future Presidents Bush and Reagan called Medicare socialized medicine. So it should be no surprise that Republicans are still trying to end Medicare. Today, it's called saving Medicare--we should end it in order to save it.
Seventy percent of the public does not support the Republican plan to end Medicare. And so it is a sad fact that a month before the 46th anniversary of Medicare, Republican Members of the House are not celebrating the Nation's commitment to ensure that our seniors have health care but are instead trying to end Medicare before the 46th anniversary.