Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Will P-E Trump Succumb To Paul Ryan and Mess With Medicare?

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. 
“My guess is that Ryan’s going to put a lot of effort into trying to persuade Trump through Mike Pence and Reince Priebus and others,” said Peter Wehner, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center who has long been close to Ryan. Priebus is Trump’s incoming chief of staff.
“If that private effort doesn’t work, though, I can’t imagine Ryan would push it if the president were against it,” Wehner added. “I just don’t see how that works politically.”
In broad terms, Ryan has been making the case that changes to Medicare are urgent.
“We have to do things to fix this program so that we can guarantee that it’s there intact for current seniors, but also that there’s something there for us when we retire,” Ryan said last week. 
Remarks like that are in stark contrast with Trump’s during the campaign. 
“I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican, and I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid,” Trump told conservative news website the Daily Signal last year. 

His campaign promoted the article’s headline — “Why Donald Trump Won’t Touch Your Entitlements” — on its website. Full Article

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