Representative John Boehner is trying to include cuts and adjustments to Medicare as part of the fiscal cliff negotiations. I won’t deny Medicare needs some serious attention to insure is liquidity for the future. But it is far too important and far too complex to be addressed with sound byte ‘fixes’ during this debate. Medicare deserves it’s own dedicated and thorough discussion outside the heat of this self inflicted crisis.
One more quick hit on this. Rep. Boehner is proposing raising the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67…a band aid which would save some money…but the 65 and 66 year olds are probably the cheapest group to support in the Medicare community. But let’s use a little common sense here, if an eligibility age is determined to be one part of a solution, rather than a hard age for all, maybe tying it to your full Social Security retirement age would be more appropriate!