A Healthier Outlook as Medicare Celebrates 49 Years

West Virginia Public News Service, Logan Banner - Medicare is now 49 years old, and there are some signs that fears about the program's future may be easing. Read

The influx of baby boomers reaching retirement age and increasing medical costs had lawmakers looking for options to prevent the program from going bankrupt. But Sam Burnett, a volunteer for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, said plans such as the House-backed Ryan budget would cut benefits and shift cost burdens to beneficiaries, rather than reduce the cost of care.

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