The Republican Party will hold both houses of Congress and the Presidency come January and that means there are potentially big changes coming to the Medicare program that millions of seniors rely on.
While we don't know exactly what the Trump Administration and the Republican Congress have planned for Medicare, we do know that Tom Price, the person he nominated to head the Department of Health and Human Services, is a strong proponent of privatizing the program and giving seniors a fixed dollar amount to buy health coverage instead. If President Trump and Congress went along with that proposal than that would effectively end Medicare as we know it.
Anything can happen in Washington once a police proposal is formally submitted and it's far from clear if the Republicans really want to use the political capital they currently have to push through such monumental changes to a largely popular program, but I wouldn't be surprised at all if we see some big changes coming to Medicare sometime in the next two to four years.
I watched Tom Price's confirmation hearing and I have to admit that I wasn't terribly impressed with his answers regarding Medicare. He seemed unwilling (or unable) to answer basic questions about what should be done with Medicare and that worries me.
Far too many people my age who have been paying into the program for decades are getting ready to start receiving our coverage and his inability to state emphatically that our coverage won't be tampered with really concerns me.