Medicare: Decline In The Future

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Medicare, which was first enacted by Congress in 1965, is a popular, yet failing, program because of a rapidly increasing population of retirees and their increasing costs; despite program’s flaws, Medicare is difficult to change because of the political influence of the elderly, who approve of the benefits they receive from the program. Medicare provides health benefits to citizens who are eligible for social security benefits(Fiorina, Peterson, Johnson & Mayer 2009). The program is embraced by the public, but Medicare’s increasing cost makes it difficult to sustain. Due to its popularity, the program is also very difficult to change, but without limitations the program will continue to decline in the future.
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The social security program is often compared metaphorically to “third rails, that provide the electricity that drives the trains. Social security and Medicare are said to be the ‘third rail’ of American politics-’touch it and you die’” (Fiorina et al. 2009). If a politician were to cut or eliminate Medicare, they would blow their chances of being reelected and would be committing career suicide. The American Association of Retired Persons, which is an interest group with over 40 million members, looks out for the interests of the elderly and is incredibly influential in United States policy decisions(Fiorina et al. 2009). The AARP would destroy any politician who cuts social security and ensure an end to their career. The elderly are much more politically active due to their time and resources and are therefore catered to by politicians. “Because most public officials know they will be punished by voters if they are perceived as threatening social security programs, only rarely do they suggest changes”, so if politicians were to limit Medicare or Social Security benefits they would lose a huge group of voters and would never get reelected (Fiorina et al.
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