Americans are living longer, more productive lives because of Medicare and Medicaid, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson a half-century ago.
Case in point: The father of a colleague recently passed away after reaching his 101st birthday. He was vigorous to the end—even mustering the curiosity to ask his daughter to explain Twitter and Facebook. Medicare helped ensure his longevity.
Medicaid also has made its mark. It has transformed the lives of the disabled and chronically ill, whether the wheelchair-bound grandmother with congestive heart failure or the single mom whose asthmatic child might die without Medicaid coverage.