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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Isakson Statement on 50th Anniversary of Medicare

'Time for Congress to summon the same spirit of bipartisanship; ...work together to keep Medicare and Medicaid strong for the next 50 years'

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today released the following statement to mark today’s the 50th anniversary of Medicare:

“This year marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. Fifty years is a long time. As we celebrate these programs and the vital health care access they provide to millions of senior citizens, people with disabilities and families struggling to make ends meet, we should also seize this opportunity to take stock and consider what we need to do to save and strengthen Medicare and Medicaid for the future.

“Just last week, Medicare’s board of trustees issued a stark warning: The gap between Medicare’s projected future income and expenses is larger than our total national debt. At the same time, Medicare and Medicaid’s payment rates are increasingly falling short of what is needed to maintain basic health services in many of Georgia’s rural communities.

“It is time for Congress to summon the same spirit of bipartisanship that led to the creation of these programs 50 years ago. It is time for us to work together to find solutions that will keep Medicare and Medicaid strong for the next 50 years.”

 

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