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By Former U.S. Senator Christopher J. Dodd

For half a century our nation, through Medicare, has made a sacred trust, a promise to our seniors. A promise which says that after a lifetime of hard work and paying into the system, they could enjoy the dignity of a secure retirement that includes quality, accessible health care. This is a promise that every succeeding generation has kept; a promise that I fought for throughout my thirty-six years in the United States Congress and one that we must keep for the 52 million Americans enrolled in Medicare today. I can think of no more successful or widely supported federal program within the last century, and the American people must continue to fulfill this promise by supporting and strengthening Medicare for another 50 years and beyond.

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