Georgia Congressman Tom Price, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to run the Department of Health and Human Services, is a bundle of contradictions when it comes to Medicare.
He certainly is not alone. Trump and congressional Republicans have sent their own very mixed signals about Medicare. The House GOP very much wants to turn the program into what it calls premium support, where the federal government gives seniors a fixed amount of money to buy health insurance on the private market. While this idea would not necessarily eliminate fee-for-service Medicare (though it could), it would certainly increase participation in managed care plans, known as Medicare Advantage.