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
The U.S. health care system faces well known problems. At the same time, Medicare confronts 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.
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