Forty-seven years ago, Democrats created Medicare and Medicaid. For over nearly half a century, we have sustained both programs; now and into the future, we will protect them. Medicare is a bedrock promise: after a lifetime of work, seniors deserve the security Medicare provides. Yet House Republicans have passed plans that end Medicare as we know it and turn it from a guaranteed benefit program into a privatized voucher program, ultimately increasing seniors' health care costs by thousands of dollars a year. Democrats will continue to defend Medicare from any attempts to end it and ensure it remains strong for seniors today and for future generations.