Congressman Lowenthal Delivers Floor Speech on 48th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid

July 30, 2013
Speech and Floor Statement

Washington, D.C. -- On July 30, 2013, Congressman Alan Lowenthal delivered the following floor speech in the House of Representatives marking the 48th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid:

"I ask unanimous consent to address the House floor and revise and extend my remarks.

Thank you, Madame Speaker. 

118 million seniors, low-income families, and disabled Americans all rely on Medicare and Medicaid services in one way or another. These services guarantee benefits that assure peace of mind and an increased quality of life to our nation's most vulnerable; but, as we acknowledge almost fifty years of Medicare and Medicaid services, we must not forget the very real potential for fraud and abuse.

While most service providers are honest and law-abiding, it is no secret that the disservice of a few affects the delivery and integrity of services for the people who rely on these programs. Congress has the ability to change that.

Today, on the 48th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid being signed into law, Congress must recommit itself to the safeguarding and strengthening of America's Medicare and Medicaid systems. The promise of Medicare and the morality of Medicaid must never be comprised, no matter how hard the political battles.

Thank you, Madame Speaker. I yield back the balance of my time."