Medicare's 50th Birthday

Health Care for All-Oregon Celebrates
Medicare’s 50th Anniversary
Throughout 2015




celebrating Medicare and Medicaid's 50th Anniversary,
to be signed by government officials, business leaders, and community partners.



Center for Medicare Advocacy

As part of our recognition of Medicare’s first 50 years--Medicare Matters: 50 Insights for Medicare’s 50th Anniversary.  Be part of the CMA Community Truth Squad: help us spread the word–- on TwitterFacebook-–in conversations!  The future of a comprehensive Medicare program may depend on it.



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Albany: Albany Health Care for All-Oregon
When: Saturday, August 1
Where: Albany Saturday market
What: Distributing birthday candles in Medicare for All cards and collecting signatures on the Medicare's 50th Anniversary Postcards for legislators.  Writing Letters to the Editor - Helen McGovern and Edith Orner.  Contact: TBA
Bandon Health Care for All-Oregon : Carol and Bob Fischer planning an event in Bandon
Corvallis: Mid Valley Health Care Advocates
When: Celebrate the 50th birthday of Medicare, “As American as Apple Pie!”  Saturday, July 18, 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Riverfront Park in Corvallis, near the Saturday Farmers’ Market.
Why: Medicare, which faced widespread opposition in 1965 and was roundly opposed as “socialized medicine,” today allows 48 million Americans affordable access to health care. collecting signatures on the Medicare's 50th Anniversary Postcards for legislators. Music, cupcakes, and short inspirational testimonies--more.
Contact at website.
Klamath Falls: Michael J Fitzgerald: will do what I can as advised
La Grande: Medicare's 50th Anniversary Postcard Campaign
ORA Health Care Reform Action Team
Where: Union County Farmer's Markets and Summer/Fall Fairs
What: Roving teams collect signatures on the Medicare's 50th Anniversary Postcards for legislators and distribute information about Medicare and Health Care for All-Oregon.  Meet with Senator and Representative, present the cards and talk about Medicare's 50th and healthcare for all in OregonContact: Bill Whitaker.
Medford: Medicare’s 50th Birthday Celebration
When: Thursday, July 30, press conference at 6:00PM, party with educational forum and PIE eating at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Medford Library, 205 S Central Ave, Medford, OR 97501 (press conference outside, celebration inside)
Press release     Quarter sheet flier
Contact: Wes Brain.
Portland: Medicare's 50th Anniversary Celebration
When: Thursday, July 30, 12:00 noon
Where: Terry Schrunk Plaza, downtown Portland, across from City Hall - SW Madison Street
What: Celebration of Medicare's 50th with Senator Michael Dembrow as guest speaker, collecting signatures on the Medicare's 50th Anniversary Postcards for legislators and more.
Press release HERE.
Contact: Michael Arken, AFSCME Retirees Chapter President
Salem: Marion-Polk Counties HCAO at Salem Art Fair
When: Friday July 17 & Saturday July 18 10 am to 7 pm, Sunday July 19 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Salem Art Fair, South Entrance Free Speech Area, off Leffelle St. S., Salem
What: Tabling and collecting signatures on Medicare for All Postcards and distributing Health Care for All Oregon info at popular art fair featuring 200 plus national artists.
Contact: Anita Owen, 503-463-6733.
Silverton HCAO Activists
When: 8-1-15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Silverton Farmer's Market near Town Park, on Fiske
What: Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Medicare. distribute information about HCAO, collect postcards for legislators, and pass out flyers for local event on The Moral Imperative of Universal Care on 10-7-15.
Contact:  Rose Hope

Healthcare Justice March

Bill Mckibben connects with the Healthcare Justice March in Washington DC on August 1. 

From Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg, producers of The Healthcare Movie

Karen Baker, Rogin Cash, Laurie Simons and Terry, Sterrenberg attending the Healthcare Justice March.

T.R. Reid tours Western Oregon

A Video Timeline of Medicare
Kaiser Family Foundation

A single-payer system, like Medicare, is the cure for America's ailing healthcare: Bernie Sanders 

Medicare for All: Bob Wickline
Download for use on other sites or add to signature for e-mail

One Step at a Time

Seattle musician/songwriter Jim Page performed his new song on health care and social justice for 2015 PNHP Western Washington Annual Public Meeting: One Step at A Time:

Health Care for All Oregon Board of Directors, Staff and Consultant read the Proclamation celebrating Medicare's 50th Anniversary, July 30, 2015. They urge all people in Oregon to support universal publicly funded health care for all people -- Medicare for All. Everybody in and nobody out!

A Blast from the Past!
Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates Celebrate Medicare's 46th Birthday.


Comments for Medicare's Birthday
by Oregon Rep. Peter Buckley (D5)


Celebrating 50 years of Medicare and Medicaid
Santa Monica Daily Press, July 11, 2015
by David Sayen

Bill Moyers Essay: Everyone Should Be Entitled to Medicare


Medicare's 50th Anniversary
HCAO Postcard Campaign

Gather support for universal publicly funded health care on Medicare's 50th Anniversary postcards. Then deliver the postcards to your legislators by hand or through the mail.



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Medicare Turns 50, with National Nurses United
What’s going on with healthcare in America

We've been talking to patients, caregivers, seniors, students, and policy makers about what is going on with healthcare in America. Healthcare activist Geraldine Field shares her perspective.



Medicare for All Healthcare Justice March WA D.C
Because no one should profit from another’s pain.

Post your event on this National Site: Medicare Turns 50

As groups of committed advocates come together to celebrate Medicare's first 50 years in the United States, we are also demanding that Medicare be preserved, protected, improved and expanded to cover everyone.

Event Examples

Labor United for Universal Healthcare
Establishing a sustainable, secure, and just healthcare system through education, mobilization, and advocacy within the Labor Movement and beyond.

San Francisco Labor Council
Resolution Supporting the National Day of Action for Medicare’s 50th Birthday

Center for Medicare Advocacy
Celebrate with Medicare Matters: 50 Insights for Medicare’s 50th Anniversary.

National Nurses United
We don’t need insurance we need Medicare for all!

Medicare For All - Flash Mob Training Video
Health Care for All Colorado

To: Executive Council Members
DATE: June 26, 2015
RE: July 30 th National Day of Action
We need to mount a vigorous defense of Medicare and ensure that President Obama will veto any privatization of Medicare. As the AFL-CIO statement on healthcare reform says, adopting “Improved Medicare for All” is the only solution to the increasing cost and access problems of our current healthcare system.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

READ the entire document.



The Medicare Solution: Another Point of View (video)
We Need Medicare for All
From the “Big Picture” series by Robert Reich

50 Years of Medicare – How did we get here? Infographic

Medicare at 50 — Origins and Evolution

by David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P., Karen Davis, Ph.D., and Stuart Guterman, M.A.
N Engl J Med 2015; 372:479-486January 29, 2015DOI: 10.1056/NEJMhpr1411701|
Many Americans have never known a world without Medicare. For 50 years, it has been a reliable guarantor of the health and welfare of older and disabled Americans by paying their medical bills, ensuring their access to needed health care services, and protecting them from potentially crushing health expenses. However, as popular as Medicare has become, Congress created the program only after a long and deeply ideological struggle that still reverberates in continuing debates about its future. Nor was the Medicare program that was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 30, 1965, identical to the program we know today. As we mark the beginning of Medicare's 50th anniversary year, this first report in a two-part series recounts the history of this remarkable health care initiative and explains how it came to be, what it has accomplished, and how it has evolved over the past five decades. In the second report in the series, we will describe the ongoing challenges of the program and discuss proposals to address them.

Medicare at 50 — Moving Forward

by David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P., Karen Davis, Ph.D., and Stuart Guterman, M.A.
N Engl J Med 2015; 372:671-677February 12, 2015DOI: 10.1056/NEJMhpr1414856As Medicare enters its 50th year, this popular federal program faces profound challenges to its effectiveness and sustainability in future decades. In this report, we review these problems, building on the issues raised in our earlier article.1 We also review several options to strengthen the program and enhance its viability.

Commonwealth Fund Report

MEDICARE 50 Years of Ensuring Coverage and Care
by Karen Davis, Cathy Schoen, and Farhan Bandeali, April 2015
For 50 years, Medicare has accomplished its two key goals: ensure access to health care for its elderly and disabled beneficiaries, and protect them against the financial hardship of health care costs. As the single largest source of health insurance in the United States, with 55 million covered through the program, Medicare has both shaped the U.S. health system and responded as needs have demanded. But rising costs, affecting the federal budget and beneficiaries, are an ongoing challenge that will need to be addressed. As the Medicare population continues to age, better strategies also are required to serve the increasing number of beneficiaries with complex care needs and chronic conditions. To control Medicare’s costs while enhancing the quality of its coverage and care, policymakers must continue to identify and spread promising payment and delivery system reforms that can help the program achieve success over the next 50 years.

Information assembled by Health Care for All Oregon Coalition’s Medicare’s 50th Anniversary Action Team. Chair Cheryl and Please share other current information about Medicare in the 50th year.