With both major political conventions now behind us, the 2012 presidential campaign is in full swing. Already, it’s clear the national debate will center in large part on the future of Medicare, which faces an unfunded liability of nearly $40 trillion over the next 75 years.
Although there are sharp differences about how to fix the problem, both parties agree Medicare’s current path is simply unsustainable.
But here’s something else they should agree on: The changes necessary to preserve Medicare for future generations must not come at the expense of access to care for seniors. That’s especially important for Medicare’s hugely successful prescription drug benefit, Part D.