Happy birthday Medicare and Medicaid!
On Wednesday, July 30th, hundreds of events across the United States celebrated the 50th birthday of Medicare and Medicaid. In New York, a diverse crowd cutting across generations, communities, labor organizations, race and gender, packed the PSC Union Hall to salute the historic legislation passed in July 1965 as the Title XVIII (Medicare) and Title XIX (Medicaid) Amendments to the original 1935 Social Security Act.
Speaker after speaker, not only talked about the urgency of defending these programs, both under attack, but expanding them until all Americans are guaranteed affordable, public healthcare. Medicare and Medicaid already cover 125 million Americans and a recent poll found that an extraordinary rate of satisfaction, 95%, among Medicare users.