Happy Birthday, Medicare

On this date, forty-seven years ago, July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Social Security Act Amendments, popularly known as the Medicare bill. It established Medicare, a health insurance program for the elderly, and Medicaid, a health insurance program for the poor.

Former President Truman participated in the signing ceremony with President Johnson. Harry S. Truman and Bess Truman received Medicare registration cards numbers one and two.  At the time, Mr. Truman was 81 years old, and he described it as a “profound personal experience for me.”

Medicare Card number one, issued to Harry S. Truman
President Lyndon Johnson hands President Harry S. Truman a pen as Lady Bird Johnson, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, and Bess Truman look on.

Today, forty seven years later, Democrats continue stand up proudly for the health and quality of life of all Americans and to defend Medicare from attacks from Republicans Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and Steve Pearce who want to end Medicare as we know it, and replace it with a voucher program.

Learn more about the Medicare bill.

New Mexico Veterans Speak About Martin Heinrich’s Commitment to Supporting Military Families, Honoring Service

Martin Heinrich’s campaign for U.S. Senate released a new television ad titled “Country.” The ad features Marvin Trujillo, a third generation U.S. Marine veteran, and Suzanna Ausborn, a U.S. Air Force veteran whose husband was killed in Afghanistan, speaking about Heinrich’s commitment to veterans and military families in New Mexico. “I know that military families like mine are very important to Martin Heinrich,” says Ausborn in the ad.

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Phillip Archuleta Hosts a Successful Campaign Rally for District 36

Phillip A. Archuleta

Phillip A. Archuleta the Democratic State Representative nominee for New Mexico District 36 ramped up toward the fall campaign at a successful rally and fundraiser held at Beverly Hills Hall in Las Cruces on Sunday. Promising to stand up for quality education and labor rights, Archuleta promised to continue to reach out to all in the community, bring constituent constituent services to the office and be remain responsive as their representative in Santa Fe.

Senator Mary Jane Garcia and Paul A. “Pablo” Martinez

Paul A. “Pablo” Martinez, Master of Ceremonies for the Archuleta rally

Mark D’Antonio, candidate for District Attorney and Terri McBreyer

State Representative Rudy Martinez and Evelyn Madrid Erhard

Christy French and Paul A. “Pablo” Martinez

Maury and Dolly Castro at the Phillip A. Archuleta Rally