Should the federal government tackle major Medicare reform this year, separate from the general health care reform legislation Congress is working on?
Partly due to the recession, insolvency of the Medicare trust fund may be only five years away, economists say. Medicare trustees will deliver their annual state-of-Medicare report shortly, and the numbers are expected to be sobering.
How serious are Medicare's financial problems? Can they easily be solved without jeopardizing the fundamental integrity of the program? What are the best and worst possible responses?
-- Marilyn Werber Serafini, NationalJournal.com