Soon-to-be Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) issued a strong warning to his Republican colleagues against privatizing Medicare.
As HuffPost reported earlier this month, Republicans will likely begin a new push toward a voucher-based system for the seniors’ health insurance program once Donald Trump becomes president. Top congressional House Speaker Paul Ryan has long been a proponent of this version of Medicare reform. But Schumer said on Friday that such efforts “will not stand” and slammed what he called Republicans’ “hatred of government.”
“The Republicans’ ideological and visceral hatred of government could deny millions of senior citizens across the country the care they need and deserve,” Schumer said in a statement. “To our Republican colleagues considering this path, Democrats say, ‘Make our day.’ Your effort will fail, and this attack on our seniors will not stand.”