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Former Rep. John Dingell, the longest serving member of Congress on record

With John Dingell’s Passing, Seniors Mourn a Lifelong Champion

“American seniors have lost a lifelong champion in the passing of former Rep. John Dingell, the longest serving member of the U.S. Congress.  He presided over the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in the House chamber in 1965, guaranteeing the right to health care for low income and older Americans.  During nearly sixty years of service as a Congressman, he diligently carried on the work of his father, Rep. John Dingell, Sr., who helped President Franklin Roosevelt enact and strengthen Social Security.  For more than three decades, Congressman Dingell was a stalwart ally of the National Committee in our fight to preserve Social Security for our nation’s disabled, retirees, and their families. 

Rep. Dingell’s keen political mind was complemented by a huge heart and sense of humor. He once said, ‘The only perfect law was handed to Moses on stone tablets by God himself.’  While we don’t disagree, we can say that the Congressman was incredibly skilled at crafting smart legislation that has stood the test of time.

We extend our condolences to his widow, Rep. Debbie Dingell, who honors her husband’s legacy every day in Congress as a defender of Americans’ retirement and health security — and to his entire family.  A lion of the House of Representatives and an unwavering advocate for society’s most vulnerable, John Dingell will be dearly missed.” – Max Richtman, President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

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No Prescription for Seniors’ Rising Health Costs in State of the Union

“Despite general platitudes on health care and bringing down prescription drug prices – there was no indication in the State of the Union that President Trump will allow Medicare to negotiate costs directly with pharmaceutical companies. For years, seniors and their advocates have been pleading for drug negotiation via Medicare along with the addition of routine dental, vision and hearing care for the nearly 40 million seniors in the program. Democrats in Congress, including Reps. Lloyd Doggett, Debbie Dingell and Lucille Roybal-Allard, have introduced legislation to do that, but the administration so far has not embraced either of these proposals. 

Seniors Ask President to Prescribe Strategy for Lower Part D Drug Prices

Seniors struggling with soaring health care and prescription drug costs deserve re-assurance that the White House is actually on their side.  The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare urges that President Trump use his State of the Union speech to do just that.  In a letter to the White House on behalf of the National Committee’s millions of members and supporters, CEO Max Richtman implored President Trump to reaffirm his campaign promises to defend Medicare — and to bring down prescription drug prices — during his annual address to Congress.

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