By Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, CT-3
"Along with Medicaid, Social Security and now the Affordable Care Act, Medicare is a bedrock part of the American social insurance system. Its enactment was a turning point in our history that has helped ensure the elderly do not have to go without basic health care. Before Medicare, only half of Americans over the age of 65 had health coverage; now virtually all do. Average life expectancy has risen by eight full years. I will continue to fight so that future generations can benefit from a strong Medicare system."