Lee: Medicare reform a ‘painful but necessary process’

Some political pundits are suggesting that Medicare will be the litmus test in the 2012 presidential election and that Republican Paul Ryan’s proposal to end Medicare as we know it will give Democrats an advantage. U.S. Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah, doesn’t see it that way. He says there is no way the United States can solve its financial problems and still continue Medicare into perpetuity. “The Medicare trustees themselves acknowledge that it is going bankrupt,” Lee says. “I mean, it is moving in a direction that will ultimately result in our not being able to fund it adequately. “So the question isn’t whether we have to reform it, it is how are we going to reform it and how long we’re going to wait before we start that painful but necessary process.” Lee told reporters last week that the Medicare reforms proposed in the Paul Ryan budget are compassionate.

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