While it seems insurmountable, the task facing the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction shouldn’t hinder necessary reforms to Medicare. On the contrary, the current debate presents a window to implement significant changes that produce huge financial savings.
The easiest path forward typically isn’t the best one, especially with seniors willing to make Medicare a vote-driving issue. For a divided Congress facing a tense electorate, the opportunity to act is very real. Prioritizing waste, fraud and abuse will show that Washington understands this.
Former Sen. John Breaux (D-La.) is senior counsel for Patton Boggs LLP.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.