Republican senators are signaling that they shouldn't be tackling Medicare privatization anytime soon, at least not as part of repealing and replacing Obamacare.
The to do list for the Senate is already long. Senators are going to have Trump's cabinet to confirm, and they have to find a way to make good on Obamacare repeal and replace plan that many predict will take years. Add to it some motivation to tackle tax cuts and President-elect Trump's priority to pass a major infrastructure bill and suddenly overhauling traditional Medicare looks like a bridge too far, according to GOP senators who spoke with TPM.
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, was blunt about the outlook for a major Medicare overhaul.
"I think we should leave Medicare for another day," he said. "Medicare has solvency problems. We need to address those, but trying to do that at the same time we deal with Obamacare falls in the category of biting off more than we can chew."
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