Dems mark Medicare anniversary by celebrating Obama's healthcare bill

Democrats celebrated the 45th anniversary of Medicare becoming law by linking it to the healthcare reform President Obama signed into law earlier this year.

The party released a video tying President Lyndon Johnson's signing of Medicare into law 45 years ago from Friday to Obama's signing of healthcare reform, casting them both as historic domestic policy accomplishments in the same vein.

The video features clips of the signing of both laws.

"Both clips tout the historic nature of these strides in health reform and the positive benefits these laws delivered to Main Street Americans across the nation," said a Democratic National Committee (DNC) official.

Republicans pointed out the irony in tying Obama's healthcare bill to Medicare, given that the health reform bill made billions in cuts to the program to help pay for Obama's new system.

"Seems an odd way to celebrate Medicare, given that their health spending bill cuts a half-trillion dollars from the Medicare program," said Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

Democrats feel more confidence in linking the two after a poll showing a new high in support for the healthcare law Obama had sought. Party officials say they take solace in their predictions about growing popularity for health reform coming to fruition.


Updated 7:17 a.m.

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