Medicare Reform

Background: Enacted in 1965, Medicare is a government program that provides health insurance coverage for 57 million persons: almost all retired Americans aged 65 and older, as well as some disabled populations. Largely because of lower than expected revenues resulting from a sluggish wage growth, the Medicare Hospital Insurance (HI) program will become insolvent by 2028. The declining status of the HI trust is, of course, only one marker of Medicare’s growing financial problems. The biggest problem is the rapid rise in Medicare spending.

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Medicare Reform

Background: Enacted in 1965, Medicare is a government program that provides health insurance coverage for 57 million persons: almost all retired Americans aged 65 and…

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Bernie Sanders Introduces Single-Payer Health Care

By Casey Ryan, member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is pushing a single-payer health care bill that…

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How to Fully Realize the Potential of Medicare Advantage

By Robert Moffit, Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow in Health Policy Studies & Jean Morrow, Research Assistant in Domestic Policy Studies The House Ways and Means subcommittee on…

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Latest Postal Reform Bill Dumps Spending on Medicare

By Gloria Taylor The United States Postal Service (USPS) has had its fair share of problems over the last decade, from a 40 percent drop in first-class…

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How Premium Support in Medicare can help solve the Physician Payment Problem and Expand Patient Choice

The challenge of reimbursing physicians for services done in Medicare has been a long and ongoing problem. In the late 90s and early 2000s, Congress…

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