Forty-eight years ago this week, the Medicare program was signed into law by President Johnson. Before Medicare, only half of seniors had health insurance, and for far too many a mild illness or injury could lead to bankruptcy or even death.
Since 1965, Medicare has provided quality and dependable health care that is vital to our seniors. They have worked hard their entire lives, played by the rules and contributed their fair share into the system. They deserve to be able to live out their golden years with the peace and security of knowing Medicare will be there for them.
But it also must be there for future generations.
That is why I am adamantly against a plan advocated by some in Congress that would end Medicare as we know it by shifting more costs onto the backs of those who can least afford it.
I ran for Congress to fight for Illinois seniors, and I’ll continue to do my part to protect and preserve Medicare, so it will be strong for the middle class for the next 48 years and beyond.
Note to readers: Congresswoman Cheri Bustos represents the 17th District of Illinois.