Medicare has made affordable quality health care available to many seniors in our state and nation. When this innovative program was proposed and passed by a Democratic Administration over strong opposition from the other party, President Johnson was accused of being a socialist. Over the years, Medicare has been strengthened and it is hard to imagine our country without federally funded health care protections for seniors in place. This gives many seniors peace of mind so they can more easily live their golden years in relative financial security. Some who are running for Congress, who are the ideological sons and granddaughters of those who opposed Medicare when it was originally passed into law, talk about Medicare "cuts", when in reality, if they had been in Congress in the 1960's they would have voted against its creation. Clearly Democrats are more trustworthy to protect Medicare and the peace of mind it brings to our seniors and those who are approaching retirement age.