The Obama administration is facing growing pressure to drop the signature program for its signature health care law, the Medicare for All Medicare, which is scheduled to begin Jan. 1.
The White House announced Thursday it would end the Medicare program in 2025, replacing it with a single-payer plan.
The move is intended to reduce the cost of the health care program and improve access for Americans who can’t afford private insurance.
The program was designed to help seniors and the middle class afford health care.
But critics have accused the Obama White House of using the program to score political points and make health care more expensive.
The Medicare program covers nearly all Americans and covers Medicare Advantage plans, which provide coverage for seniors with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.
The program was set up as a way to help the uninsured afford private health insurance.
But in recent years, it has become increasingly difficult to get into the program, and more and more people have turned to Medicare for all to cover their health care needs.
“Medicare is going to be the most expensive health care system in the world,” said David Pogue, president of the nonprofit, nonpartisan Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
“We’re not going to get to a point where Medicare is unaffordable for everyone.”
Pogue added that he believes the Medicare expansion, which was supposed to last through 2024, will lead to more people becoming uninsured, which will be even more costly for the federal government.
“If we don’t get the health insurance program right, if we continue to take care of the uninsured, then we will never be able to meet our long-term goals of lowering health care costs,” he said.
“If you can’t pay for your own health care, then you are going to lose out on other benefits, and that’s not good for our economy, our society or our national security.”
In recent months, the Obama team has been lobbying members of Congress and advocacy groups to support the idea of scrapping the Medicare system, including Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who is challenging for the Democratic presidential nomination.
In February, a study commissioned by the White House estimated that Medicare would cost $5 trillion over a decade to operate, with the federal deficit increasing by $9.6 trillion.
In March, the White Court issued a court ruling that blocked a lawsuit challenging the program.
But the ruling does not prohibit Congress from passing legislation to repeal or replace the program at any point.
Pogue said it is unlikely that any of the current legislation that would repeal the Medicare law will pass in the current Congress.
He added that it is also unlikely the program will be able, for example, to continue to cover more Americans, because of the way Congress is structured.
“The way it works is you have the House and Senate, and then there is the President, and you have these five branches,” he told The Associated Press.
“It’s pretty clear to me that Congress would be very much against the idea.
We have to find a solution, we have to fix this.”
Pager said he is worried about how Medicare will be financed in the future.
He said the federal budget would need to be substantially cut to pay for the Medicare changes.
“When the [federal] government is going into debt, the federal debt gets bigger, the interest rates get higher, the deficit gets bigger,” he added.
“That means we need to change the system, we need a different system, and Medicare is a big part of that.”
In a recent op-ed piece in the New York Times, former Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer warned that the government’s debt is growing faster than inflation.
He wrote that the current deficit could increase by $100 billion over the next decade and $2 trillion by 2032.