The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is ramping up its misleading campaign on this year's Republican House budget (which includes Medicare reforms). On a new microsite, DontEndMedicare.com, the DCCC is urging citizens to "Tell Republican Members of Congress to keep their hands off the Medicare benefits that seniors have earned," and provides a list of upcoming town hall meetings this week where they can do so. (They've even provided a high-resolution, printable sign for folks to take to the meetings.)
The partisan campaign claims the House GOP wants to "end Medicare," even though their budget, authored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), does not make any changes for anyone in the program who is 55 or over. Ryan and other Republicans have argued that without systemic reform to Medicare, future seniors won't have any benefits from which to draw. Last week's annual report from the trustees of Medicare offers an even gloomier picture than previously thought: The trustees now expect Medicare to exhaust its "trust fund" in 2024, five years earlier than last year's report projected.
The truth is, as John McCormack points out, the choice on Medicare is not whether to change it but how to change it.