Major Players in Passing Medicare and Medicaid Legislation
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the enactment of Medicare and Medicaid legislation on July 30, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice is recognizing a different individual who played an important role in passing the legislation throughout July.
Russell Billiu Long is the only US Senator whose mother and father also served in the US Senate. Not to mention his uncle and cousin served in the US House. During his 39 years as US Senator, Long used his power and fierce determination to support proposals that worked for the public good. “I am not seeking to pass legislation to favor my personal interests. Instead, I am support legislation which I believe to be good for all Americans, and resisting proposals which would be harmful to the state which I have the honor to represent.” Long was a member of the Senate Finance Committee, where he fought for liberalizing benefits for Social Security pensioners and for securing necessary welfare payment increases for the elderly, the blind, the disabled, and dependent children. He supported and was a strong advocate for the Medicare bill, working to achieve its passage. Throughout his distinguished career, he never took his time in Congress for granted: “I’ve always had that ambition to serve here and I’ve been watching this Congress for more than 50 years, as one who hoped to serve here and then as one who served in these halls in Washington.”