Alice Rivlin: To Reform Medicare, Preserve Traditional System and Offer Premium Support

By Michael Stubel

Friday, April 27, 2012

In testimony today before the House Committee on Ways and Means, Alice Rivlin, co-chair of BPC’s Debt Reduction Task Force, detailed the Domenici-Rivlin Protect Medicare Act and spoke about the need for structural reform to preserve Medicare:

“Medicare is a hugely successful program that has dramatically increased the availability of health care to seniors, increased the length and quality of life of older Americans, and greatly reduced their fear of being unable to afford care when they need it. We need to preserve Medicare’s guarantee of affordable health care for older and disabled people and make sure that the program is sustainable as the number of beneficiaries explodes and upward pressure on health care costs continues.

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