House Representative

Wu, Gene


Rep. Wu Notes the 50th Anniversary of Medicaid and Medicare

AUSTIN - Thursday, July 30 marks the 50th anniversary of two landmark pieces of legislation authored by Texas democrat, President Lyndon B. Johnson. Medicaid and Medicare became law on July 30, 1965 creating health insurance programs for low-income and elderly Americans.

Today, Texas has the highest rate of people without health insurance in the nation. The Affordable Care Act provides states with additional federal funding to expand their Medicaid programs to provide health insurance to low-income Texans. Texas has refused to expand Medicaid or implement a state health insurance exchange leaving many Texans in a coverage gap with limited access to health care.

Representative Gene Wu, a democrat from District 137 in Southwest Houston, made the following statement:

"We have so many people in our district who work 12 and 14 hour days to provide for their families. But when they get sick, we just tell them to 'tough it out' because they can't afford basic health coverage. I believe that every Texan who earns an honest day's wage should be able to get basic medical care.

When hardworking Americans reach retirement, they have earned the vital benefits of hospital and medical insurance, and affordable prescription drugs. We must ensure that this health coverage is protected for future generations.

I believe that health care is a right, not a privilege. It should be available to all Texans, regardless of their age or income."

Contact: AMY BRUNO