Cardin, Stabenow, Whitehouse

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Senator Cardin: (5:57 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Medicare.
    • "That is, that these are two of the most successful programs that we have ever enacted in the Congress of the United States that guarantee - guarantee, as Senator Wyden has said -- affordable, quality health care to our seniors, to individuals with disability, to low-income families. In Medicare alone, it's almost 45 million Americans who are protected under the Medicare, our seniors and those are disabilities - and those with disabilities. In my state of Maryland, it exceeds 990,000 Marylanders who are protected under the Medicare program. What Senator Wyden alluded to, and I just want to underscore this point, before there was Medicare, over half of our seniors did not have health insurance, and without health insurance, their access to health care was greatly at risk."


Senator Stabenow: (6:02 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Medicare.
    • "Thank you very much. I want to thank our distinguished ranking member on the Finance Committee and all of my colleagues who are here to talk about and celebrate two programs that for 53 years have changed the lives of Michigan families and the families of our country for the better. The words of President Lyndon B. Johnson who signed the programs into law are a great reminder of what life was like before Medicare and Medicaid. He said no longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine."


Senator Whitehouse: (6:13 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Medicare.
    • "And of course, coming from a small state as I do, it's very important for us in Rhode Island to celebrate our role in this important legislation, because one of the original authors of the Medicare bill was Representative Aime Forand of Cumberland, Rhode Island. He served for 22 years. He served with great distinction. He was passionate about healthcare and about building this program. He was one of the original groups of the members of Congress who got together and designed the Medicare program. And when it came time to pass it in 1965, it was Rhode Island Congressman John Fogerty of Providence who was then the chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Labor, Health, Education, and Welfare."