Retirement reform includes Medicaid, Medicare, AHCA's Daub says

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Reforming Social Security without addressing Medicaid and Medicare funding crises would be imprudent, the president of the American Health Care Association said in testimony before Congress Thursday.

"The bipartisan Social Security agreement in 1983 was the last time our nation had a real opening to evaluate and fix our retirement system on a global basis – and while we were able to protect Social Security, we did not take the necessary next step of strengthening all three pillars of America's retirement system," Hal Daub told a House Ways and Means Committee panel. "We cannot miss this literally once or twice in a lifetime opportunity."
The Social Security issue and other related retirement issues "are not a matter of institutional failure, or partisan assignment of blame, or even shared pain," he said. Policymakers should "consolidate our past achievements" and work for the good of all Americans, he added.