Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released the following statement in honor of the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid on July 30.
“Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson established Medicare and Medicaid, two vital programs that have since become essential to our families and communities. I have always believed we must do everything we can to help those in need and protect our beloved seniors. For five decades, Medicare and Medicaid have secured the well-being of millions Americans and West Virginians as they age or become disabled by providing financial stability and reliable healthcare. Our seniors helped build this great nation, and we have an obligation to them that we must never break, even in tough economic times. These important programs are critical to West Virginia, and I will continue to work with my Democratic and Republican colleagues to ensure that programs like Medicare and Medicaid are protected well into the future.”