Here are the top Medicare Stories Trending in the U.S. today, March 15, 2017:
BY EMILY MONGAN: The Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the GOP’s American Health Care Act found that tax cuts for high-income families and individuals could lead to an estimated $117 billion cut from Medicare’s trust fund. That reduction would cause the program to become insolvent by 2025, instead of the previously predicted 2028, according to a report published by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
BY JULIETTE CUBANSKI AND TRICIA NEUMAN: Repealing the Medicare payroll tax on high-income earners would deplete the Medicare Part A trust fund in 2025, 3 years earlier than under current law.
BY AMY GOLDSTEIN: Hours after she was sworn in, the Trump administration’s top official for Medicaid and her boss dispatched a letter to the nation’s governors, urging states to alter the insurance program for poor and disabled people by charging them insurance premiums, requiring them to pay part of emergency room bills and prodding them to get jobs.
BY DANNY WESTNEAT: People 60 and older don’t get picked on much in politics. Seniors have long been a sort of untouchable “third rail.” That just changed with the GOP health bill.
BY ROBERT COSTA AND PHILIP RUCKER: A simmering rebellion of conservative populists loyal to President Trump is further endangering the GOP health-care push, with a chorus of influential voices suspicious of the proposal warning the president to abandon it. From headlines at Breitbart to chatter on Fox News Channel and right-wing talk radio, as well as among friends who have Trump’s ear, the message has been blunt: The plan being advanced by congressional Republican leaders is deeply flawed — and, at worst, a political trap.
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