Happy 49th Birthday Medicare; Medicare For All On Its 50th!

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Above: Louisville Celebrated Medicare’s Birthday by Lighting Up the Night from the Big Four Bridge

Thousands attending a riverside concert on July 30, 2014, saw the message curving across the city skyline. Louisville joined dozens of cities in celebration of our nation’s best health program.

We must protect Medicare for it has lifted generations of seniors from poverty, made the hospitals of the South integrate because Medicare could not be collected by those who segregated, brought dialysis to all with kidney failure, and shown that this public program works efficiently and saves money.

Yet we must improve Medicare for even with it some cannot afford care–it does not cover dental, nor hearing aids, nor nursing homes, co-pays and deductibles are growing, and some drugs are very expensive.

And we must expand Medicare so that every person, regardless of age, has health care. By passing HR 676, national single payer health care, we will secure Medicare, save billions, and make health care a human right.

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  • DHFabian

    What I don’t “get” is that the call is to protect Medicare, but not Medicaid. I assume it’s because Medicaid is considered a program for the poor, and this is the era of the bourgeoisie. Medicaid helps cover the costs of vitally important treatment/medications for Medicare recipients. There isn’t much point in protecting Medicare while ignoring ongoing efforts to shrink Medicaid.

  • kevinzeese

    It is because Medicaid is such lousy healthcare it is hard to defend. If Medicare is made available to all then healthcare for the poor will greatly improve. Sadly, it seems, the approach of government is to expand Medicaid, rather than Medicare, thereby pulling down the quality of healthcare in the US. It is pulled down further because the insurance commonly bought on the insurance exchange is under-insurance — the silver and bronze insurance policies where the patient pays 30% to 40% of the cost of healthcare beyond their premiums for covered services. The quality of healthcare coverage is being dragged down by the ACA.