The Democrats Are The Party Of The People
The Democrats have long been the party of the people. Our longstanding commitment to retirement and health care security proves we stand for the middle class, senior citizens and farmers.
Before the Great Depression, poverty among the elderly was a serious problem in the U.S. After they spent down their assets, many senior citizens were consigned to poor farms and houses to live out their golden years in squalor.
President Franklin Roosevelt and a Democratic majority Congress acted in 1935 and passed the Social Security Act. This landmark legislation is the greatest anti-poverty program in the history of the U.S.
Even though senior citizens had gained a degree of security with the passage of Social Security, they still needed health care security. The reality is that private health insurance companies can’t make any money insuring senior citizens and most seniors remained uninsured.
Consequently, President John F. Kennedy proposed Medicare in 1963. Lyndon Johnson and a Democratic majority Congress subsequently passed Medicare in 1965 with bi-partisan support. Moreover, Medicaid was enacted by the same Congress. Medicaid largely insures the disabled, children and the poor.
Social Security and Medicare have proven to be hugely successful programs. These two programs have reduced poverty among the elderly from 50% to 9% .
Despite the successes of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, 50 million Americans remained uninsured as of 2010. Moreover, insurance companies were allowed to discriminate against the sick and the injured.
In 2010, President Obama and a Democratic majority Congress passed the Affordable Care Act. This law insured 20 million additional Americans and reduced the uninsured rate from 18% to an all time low of 9%. Moreover, the law protected people with pre-existing conditions. Finally, the Affordable Care Act closed the Medicare doughnut hole.
In election year 2020, the Democrats running for president and Congress want to finish the job. They want to see that all Americans have access to decent, affordable health care. We believe that health care is a right- and not a privilege.
I would request that the voters ignore all of the noise and give our candidates a good look in 2020. I believe many voters will be pleasantly be surprised by what they find out. We are the party of the people.