Nothing is more politically volatile than messing around with senior’s health care benefits. After all, seniors are the most diligent voters and Baby Booms — who are now entering the senior population — are the largest voter group. Simply put, the Medicare problem is a time bomb that politicians don’t want to deal with, so they disguise changes to Medicare instead.
Today’s Associated Press story on Yahoo News, Aging workforce strains Social Security, Medicare, highlights the problem and outlines the plea from the program’s trustees to Congress.
According to the report, “Many experts say the longer Congress waits to address the two programs, the more difficult it could become to impose adequate changes. If Congress acts soon, it can phase in changes over time, perhaps sparing current retirees while giving those closing in on retirement time to prepare.
But Washington has struggled to make tough political choices that could involve raising taxes, cutting benefits or some combination of both.
Advocates for seniors oppose benefit cuts in either program. They say Social Security’s finances are secure for decades to come.”
Seniors, I urge you to contact your elected officials and let them know you want action in Congress. The action must not change benefits, including our choice to use Original Medicare or Medicare Advantage. Congress needs to start by addressing the estimated $60 billion in fraud, waste and abuse.
What say you?