During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump pledged not to touch Medicare. Now, it appears President-elect Trump is set to kill Medicare and, in the process, deny older adults and people with disabilities needed health care. House Speaker Paul Ryan plans for Congress to gut Medicare at the same time that Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act. And, there’s no doubt that Congressman Tom Price, whom Trump has just been picked to head the Department of Health and Human Services, is totally aligned with Ryan’s agenda.
To be clear, killing Medicare means destroying traditional Medicare. Of all the health care plans in America, traditional Medicare is most effective at ensuring people get needed care. Unlike private insurance, which increasingly rations care based on people’s ability to pay, traditional Medicare treats people equitably, regardless of health, geography or income and gives people a meaningful choice of doctors and hospitals throughout the country.