Is Medicare In Trouble?
What Is Medicare?
Medicare is the government run health insurance program that is used by many individuals to pay for their health care needs. The program is for seniors and certain other special cases. It is a system by which working individuals pay into the system, and retired persons receive the benefits. The loop is suppose to continue through each generation, but lately there have been some problems cropping up in the system.
What Is The Problem?
The problem with the Medicare system currently is that there are more people retired than people working to pay for their medical needs. The rising cost of health care in general has helped to cause the problem as well. While the baby boomers are aging, we are suffering from high unemployment and rising costs. This is a kind of perfect storm for bringing down the Medicare system. That is not to say that the Medicare system is going to fail tomorrow, but many see the end to this system coming in the near future. There is not much evidence that they are wrong.
What Can Be Done?
The average citizen cannot do a whole lot to correct the problem. The only thing that really works is for the government to get a handle on the amount of revenue they are bringing in versus the amount that they are spending. With all of the party politics and constant fighting that goes on in the government, this kind of thing is not likely. They have not been able to fix the Medicare system up to this point, and it does not appear that it will work in the future either. One can only guess how much time is left for this struggling system, but it is certainly not in good shape.
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