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.

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