Policy Documents

The Obama Medicare Agenda: Why Seniors Will Fare Worse

Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. and Alyene Senger –
May 23, 2013

In this Backgrounder for Heritage, the authors contend that seniors are facing higher Medicare costs, and that over the next five years, current law, as amended by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, already guarantees higher out-of-pocket costs for seniors. Beyond the current law, President Obama’s latest budget proposal would increase seniors’ costs even more. Many seniors will experience a reduction in their Medicare Advantage benefits or even a loss of their existing plan. Medicare “as we know it” is already a thing of the past—the only way to preserve the Medicare benefit for current and future retirees is through structural reform.