S.F. Democrats to celebrate Medicare’s 50th birthday on July 30

Rally, march in Oakland among events nationwide to honor our ‘largest and most successful’ healthcare system

SAN FRANCISCO (June 22, 2015)—The San Francisco Democratic Party is encouraging local Democrats to take part in the national celebration of the 50th birthday of Medicare, the nation’s largest and most successful health insurance system serving nearly 50 million older and disabled Americans.

The National Day of Action honoring the success of the Medicare program is July 30, 2015, and Bay Area activists will mark the occasion with a rally and march in Oakland, Calif.

Medicare Turns 50!
Rally & March
July 30, 2015, 11:00 a.m.
Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, Calif.

Photo: President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Medicare Bill, with President Harry S. Truman seated next to him. Others looking on include Lady Bird Johnson, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, and Bess Truman.

President Lyndon B. Johnson (pictured, right) signed the Medicare program into law on July 30, 1965 at the Truman Library in Independence, Mo., where he was joined for the historic occasion by former President Harry Truman. LBJ held the ceremony there to honor Truman’s longtime advocacy for national health insurance, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ web page on Medicare’s history

The San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee passed the Resolution Supporting the National Day of Action for Medicare’s 50th Birthday by unanimous acclamation at its April 22, 2015 regular meeting. S.F. DCCC member Hene Kelly authored the measure, which was co-sponsored by DCCC members Rafael Mandelman, Kelly Dwyer, Petra De Jesus, David Campos and Matt Dorsey. The committee also assigned Kelly to be its representative at planning sessions of the Medicare Turns 50 Coalition.

For more information on the “Medicare Turns 50!” rally and march in Oakland on July 30, contact the Campaign for a Healthy California at (800) 745-3090 or by email at info@HealthyCaliforniaCampaign.org.


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