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Medicare in the Campaign Spotlight

Recorded on August 13, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

Suddenly, Medicare is in the spotlight of the Presidential campaign.

President Obama--and most politicians in Washington--try to avoid the issue because it's politically dangerous to propose any changes to Medicare. They tend to just throw rocks when anyone presents a plan.

But doing nothing is the quickest and surest way to kill Medicare, because it's already on the edge of the financial cliff and ready to topple over.

Everyone agrees that current retirees would stay in the existing plan. But those not yet 55 should have a chance to keep their current insurance when they retire. The program would give them a premium support to help pay for it, rather than being forced into the current Medicare system that is totally run by government--and not run very well.

People should be trusted to make important decisions for themselves.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.