On 50th Anniversary, Bustos Renews Pledge to Protect Medicare

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) released the following statement on the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Medicare program into law in 1965:

“50 years ago today, our nation made a solemn promise to our seniors, a promise that I will fight my hardest to keep for future generations. Medicare is absolutely vital to the well-being of seniors across our region of Illinois who have worked hard their entire lives and deserve the security of knowing they will have access to health care when they need it. I strongly oppose any efforts to end the Medicare guarantee and shift costs onto the backs of seniors and working families and will continue to fight to protect Medicare so generations to come can count on access to quality and affordable health care in their golden years.”

Yesterday, Bustos helped introduce H.Res. 400, a Congressional Resolution to commemorate the remarkable impact Medicare has had on the lives of millions of Americans since its enactment.

Earlier this year, Bustos, a steadfast advocate for middle class families and seniors, voted against a budget plan that would raise out-of-pocket Medicare costs for seniors. She also sent a letter that successfully urged the President to avoid using the chained consumer price index (CPI) to calculate cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) for Social Security and other federal programs in his budget proposal. Using this chained CPI to calculate cost-of-living adjustments to Social Security would reduce benefits on which many seniors rely on.