Chained CPI and even the higher Medicare age could find their way into upcoming negotiations over spending cuts to accompany an increase in the country's borrowing limit or to avert a government shutdown. The broader Medicare plan BRT endorsed, however, is a non-starter on the Hill.
BRT said the traditional Medicare program should compete with private plans — similar to the controversial plan outlined by Ryan. He wants to see Medicare converted into a system of subsidies for private insurance, with the existing program preserved as an option.
BRT also endorsed more Medicare means-testing — an idea with bipartisan support.