During the 2016 Presidential campaign, candidate Donald Trump stood out from his Republican primary opponents by declaring – frequently and in great detail – that he would never cut the Medicare or Social Security benefits.
Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen on June 20, 2016 quoted candidate Trump as saying, during the primaries, "Every Republican wants to do a big number on Social Security, they want to do it on Medicare, they want to do it on Medicaid. And we can’t do that. And it’s not fair to the people that have been paying in for years." 1
After three years in office, however, and facing a trillion dollar deficit and $22 T debt, he has been heard to make statements that may indicate he is changing his mind. A New York Times reporter wrote of a conversation the President had during a break in the G7 meetings in Davos, Switzerland on January 22.
"Asked in an interview with CNBC if cuts to entitlements would ever be on his plate, Mr. Trump answered yes. 'At some point they will be,' Mr. Trump said. 'At the right time, we will take a look at that.' Mr. Trump suggested that curbing spending on Medicare...was a possibility. 'We’re going to look,' he said." 2
Healthcare providers who rely on Medicare as one of their payers and seniors who benefit from its healthcare coverage would be well advised to keep an eye on developments in Washington. Statements from the President and debates between Democrats and Republicans in Congress will increase in frequency as FY 2021 budget negotiations begin. We will report on developments as they occur.
2 New York Times, January 22, 2020 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/22/us/politics/medicare-trump.html
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