The year 2015 is the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, two programs that play a key role in ensuring that elderly and disabled Americans have access to health care and are not bankrupted by its costs.
Before 1965, 35% of Americans over 65 frequently had no health care at all.
Millions of people are better off now than they were in 1965. Access to health care is continually threatened by program cuts of the politician lackeys of Libertarian billionaires.
Medicare provides health care for 54 million seniors and people with disabilities, while Medicaid is the single largest source of health care coverage in the nation, covering some 68 million low-income children, families, pregnant women, workers, people with disabilities and seniors.
Since health care costs are one of the leading drivers of bankruptcy and because these programs serve so many people who are already living in poverty, preserving and strengthening Medicare and Medicaid is one of the biggest things we can do to fight poverty.
The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) strengthens these programs by working to ensure new coverage options and models of care reach communities of color and low-income families.