Editorial: Medicare Signifies ‘Biggest Budget Challenge’
This week, a Democrat won a congressional seat in a largely conservative New York district in part becauseÂ the Republican candidate supported a GOPÂ plan "to cut Washington's share of providing" Medicare coverage to beneficiaries, a Los Angeles Times editorial states. Though there "are some good ideas" in the GOP plan, â¦ there's no getting around how dramatically Medicare would change," the Times continues, adding that "Medicare is the biggest budget challenge Washington faces over the long term." The editorial concludes, "The worst outcome of all this would be if lawmakers concluded from [the outcome of the New York election] that it is simply too politically risky to address the growing cost of Medicare."
- "Despite Kathy Hochul's Win in New York, Medicare Can't Be Ignored" (Los Angeles Times, 5/27).