The future of Medicare is in grave jeopardy.
The decision to nominate U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) as Secretary of Health and Human Services is an indication that the President-Elect doesn’t plan to back up his campaign promise of protecting the senior citizen health care program.
Price is an architect of Speaker Paul Ryan’s plan to gut Medicare.
The plan calls for raising the eligibility age to 67 and replacing guaranteed benefits with a voucher program. Raising the eligibility age will deny 5 million seniors insurance beginning in 2020. Vouchers will put the healthcare of our nation’s retirees at great risk by leaving them to profit driven insurance companies and healthcare providers.
Led by Ryan, and now backed by the next Secretary of Health and Human Services, Congress is expected to move on Medicare cuts by mid-year 2017. IAM members need to act now.