Priebus Vows Trump Doesn’t Plan To Privatize Medicare, Social Security

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Friday, March 4, 2016, in National Harbor, Md. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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On the campaign trail, President-elect Donald Trump promised he wouldn’t touch Medicare or Social Security. Now, his incoming White House chief of staff says Trump intends to keep that promise.

“I don’t think President-elect Trump wants to meddle with Medicare or Social Security,” Priebus told CBS’s “Face The Nation” on Sunday. “He made a promise in the campaign that that was something that he didn’t want to do.”

Preibus’s comments reveal there will be a difference of priorities between Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), who has spent years writing plans to privatize Medicare and has said multiple times since Trump won that he’d like to overhaul the program. Ryan’s not alone. Trump’s nominee to be Health and Human Services secretary, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), has also authored plans to privatize Medicare.

Priebus told CBS that instead of making changes to Medicare or privatizing it, Trump’s hope is to grow the economy enough to make it stronger.

“What he wants to do is grow the economy, help shore up Medicare and Social Security for future generations,” Priebus said.

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  1. These words are completely meaningless.

    Will President Trump veto any bill that would privatize Social Security or Medicare? This is the only pledge that matters.

    My guess is that if the GOP is serious, they will simply attach privatization to an appropriations or debt ceiling bill and Trump will sign claiming he had no choice.

  2. Avatar for wombat wombat says:

    Trump, of course, is his own spokesman. He can, and will, take any of this back. If the repeal of Obamacare goes well with red staters ( ie Trump supporters) then Medicare and Social Security will be on the dinner menu.

  3. In the list of U.S. Presidents, one name, Trump’s, will always appear with an asterisk.

    The illegitimate President* who destroyed Social Security and medical care for the elderly and infirm.

  4. Also, too, define “privatize.”

  5. Trump did say he supports “modernizing” Medicare. It was on his website after the election. Any bets that “modernizing” means any beneficial improvements in the program to current and future recipients?

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