Medicare Changes Can Complement Health Reform

Publication Date: July 2008

Publisher: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Paul N. Van de Water

Research Area: Health

Keywords: Economic projections; Health care costs; Health insurance; Federal budget

Type: Report


The U.S. health care system faces well known problems. At the same time, Medicare conĀ­fronts major financial challenges and leaves big gaps in benefit protection. Changes to Medicare, if properly designed, can complement system-wide health care reform and the two should be pursued simultaneously.