Sunday letters: Medicare serves as a safety net for seniors

June 30, 2013 

Monday marks the 47th anniversary of Medicare, a program that impacts more than 40 million senior citizens.

Medicare is one of the remaining pillars of our health-care safety net for seniors, including the Baby Boomers.

In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson stated: “This program is not just a blessing for older Americans. It is a test for all Americans — a test of our willingness to work together.”

He was right. Medicare remains vital for seniors today, especially since it can be the only source of health-care coverage for seniors due to companies cutting and reducing earned supplemental health-care coverage.

Congress needs to preserve Medicare to prevent seniors from becoming economically impoverished from the rising costs of health care.

Our nonprofit group, www.protectseniors.org, has written to the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee supporting the continued maintenance of Medicare, and I urge all retirees to work and stand together to make sure America’s seniors are not left unprotected.

J. Michael Suggs

Columbia

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