To the editor: The Social Security Act was signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935, as a safety net for elderly, unemployed, and disadvantaged Americans. In 1965, Medicare and Medicaid were added to provide medical care for older and low-income Americans who did not have or could not afford health care insurance.

Today some 66 million Americans rely on Social Security to survive, about 64 million depend on Medicare as their primary health care insurer and nearly 74 million low income, unemployed or disabled citizens, who do not qualify for Medicare, utilize Medicaid.

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