Another cut to Medicare being floated by Republicans in the House and Senate for a lame-duck deal includes means testing Medicare, which is code for cutting Medicare benefits for middle-income workers.
Higher-income workers already pay more for Medicare. Medicare Part B has been means tested since 2007.
Additional means testing would undermine the social insurance nature of Medicare and ultimately raise costs for middle- and lower-income seniors who depend on it. If mean-testing results in Medicare becoming increasingly unfair to higher-income beneficiaries, they may opt out and purchase their own policy on the private market. The departure of higher-income beneficiaries, who tend to be younger and healthier, would increase overall costs and reduce public support for the program.
See a full list of Medicare proposals that harm beneficiaries from the Medicare Rights Center.
There are two things Congress can do at the end of the year that don't harm working families. Number one: Stop giving tax giveaways to the wealthiest 2%. Number two: Reject any proposals that would cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits.
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