On July 30, 2013, Medicare turns 48!
Medicare has provided longer, healthier lives and basic health security for two generations of seniors, reducing uninsurance among those over 65 to almost zero, and having the single greatest impact reducing racial inequities in healthcare in our country’s history.
Medicare is cheaper and much more popular than private health insurance. Expanding Medicare to the entire population would save more than enough to eliminate all cost sharing such as copays and deductibles, and guarantee comprehensive coverage for all.
Instead of cuts, we should expand Medicare to cover everyone living in the United States.
Dozens of organizations all over the country are planning events to celebrate Medicare on or around July 30th. Find an event near you here.
Want to organize a Medicare celebration? Here’s how.
This is the first of many actions we’re planning for the rest of the month. Next week we’ll ask you to send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. After that we’re organizing a national call-in day for HR 676. And on July 31 we’ll be joining Rep. John Conyers and other single payer groups in Washington, D.C. for a Congressional briefing on single-payer healthcare.