For decades, Medicare has provided one of the most important tools for both extending the lives and improving the quality of life for millions of older and disabled Americans. Today, Medicare provides life-saving health coverage to 48 million Americans. Medicare is now a basic promise to every American citizen that their retirement will not be a nightmare of debt and inadequate health care.
In an election year loaded with misinformation and even outright deception about health care, one thing is certain: Medicare as we know it must be protected for future generations. Right-wing politicians who would privatize Medicare must be held accountable. And the gains we've made in health coverage for millions of Americans though Obamacare must not be given away.
On Medicare's anniversary, we pledge to defend it for our children and grandchildren, and stop the right's attempts to dismantle our most important institutions.