July 30 was Medicare’s 49th birthday. Let’s celebrate the incredible success of this program in helping people age 65 and older, and those with severe disabilities, get the health care they need, reducing health disparities, cutting senior poverty and improving families’ financial security, all while cutting costs and reducing unnecessary marketing and administrative waste.
Unfortunately, some members of Congress want to privatize, cut or weaken Medicare, which would put the health of tens of millions of retirees and others at risk, drive up health costs and weaken economic security. Registered nurses say “No!”
We must not privatize Medicare. In fact, we must stand up to protect it, improve it and expand it to cover everyone. Instead, on Medicare’s anniversary, let’s recognize Medicare’s accomplishments and improve and expand Medicare to all. That’s the best prescription for healing what ails Americans.