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From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Medicare is NOT Bankrupt!

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)
April 27, 2012

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Medicare Is Not "Bankrupt"
Health Reform Has Improved Program’s Financing

"Claims by some policymakers that the Medicare program is nearing 'bankruptcy' are misleading. Although Medicare faces major financing challenges, the program is not on the verge of bankruptcy or ceasing to operate. Such charges represent misunderstanding (or misrepresentation) of Medicare’s finances.

"Medicare’s financing challenges would be significantly greater without the health reform law (the Affordable Care Act, or ACA), which substantially improved the program’s financial outlook. Repealing the Affordable Care Act, a course of action promoted by some who simultaneously claim that the program is approaching 'bankruptcy,' would make Medicare’s financial situation much worse."