Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the fifty-second anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing of Medicare and Medicaid into law, which will be celebrated on Sunday, July 30:
“Fifty-two years ago, President Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law. Both pieces of landmark legislation brought health care to millions of impoverished seniors, children, people with disabilities and families that could not afford coverage. Medicare and Medicaid are promises that we make to the most vulnerable that they should not go into poverty to have health care.
“We must continue to fight for these programs against President Trump’s plan to cut $610 billion from Medicaid in his budget. We must also continue to remain vigilant against any efforts to rip away access to health care services from hardworking families.
“I will continue to use my voice in the United States Senate to stand against any attacks against Medicare and Medicaid. We must continue to fight for the legacy of these programs and ensure that regardless of age, race, gender, or economic status, all Americans have access to safe and affordable health care.”