Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Medicare looms over Trump-Ryan alliance
At The Hill by Peter Sullivan --
President-elect Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) could be on a collision course over Medicare.
Ryan is defending his long-standing proposal to make the program more reliant on private plans, arguing such a change is necessary to keep Medicare fiscally sustainable.
But Trump said repeatedly during the campaign that he wanted to protect Medicare, not overhaul it. Vice President-elect Mike Pence reiterated that position on Sunday.
Given the possible resistance from Trump, and even from Senate
Republicans, it is unclear how hard Ryan will push for Medicare changes `next year, despite his clear desire to overhaul the program.