Today, Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI12) released the following statement in commemoration of the 48th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's signing of Medicare into law. Dingell presided over House passage of Medicare and was present for Johnson's signing on July 30, 1965.
"Forty-eight years ago today, I stood with President Johnson as he signed into law a measure that, to this very day, serves as a shining example of social justice. I was honored to preside over House passage of this comprehensive effort that guaranteed health care to our seniors, a pledge to care for all in the twilight of their lives. Medicare has earned the trust of the American people because it provides proper and necessary care for our people--care that should ultimately be a right to all Americans.
"Through the Affordable Care Act, we have not only extended the solvency of Medicare for years to come, but we have also extended many of the same principle benefits and coverage models to some 98 percent of American citizens. This core belief and goal--to make affordable health care a right and not a privilege--is the very same one that my proud father held dear when he helped author Social Security. I helped advance that goal in overseeing passage of both Medicare and the Affordable Care Act. I'm proud to mark today's anniversary by continuing to advocate for the core beliefs that have made--and will continue to make--our nation great."