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Right-Wing Coalition Plans to Further Privatize Medicare Under Trump

The Heritage Foundation’s Project 2025 aims to make fraud riddled Medicare Advantage the default enrollment option for Medicare. (Click image for article.)

Photo: Former President Donald Trump delivers remarks during his primary night rally at the Sheraton on January 23, 2024, in Nashua, New Hampshire. CHIP SOMODEVILLA / GETTY IMAGES

A right-wing coalition that’s been laying the policy groundwork for another Trump presidency has developed a plan to further privatize Medicare by making fraud-riddled Medicare Advantage “the default enrollment option” for newly eligible beneficiaries.

The plan, highlighted Monday by Rolling Stone’s Andrew Perez, is outlined about halfway through Project 2025’s 920-page playbook for the first six months of a conservative presidency.

Republican administrations and right-wing groups have long advocated funneling people who are newly eligible for Medicare into Medicare Advantage plans, which are funded by the federal government and run by for-profit insurers. During his first White House term, former President Donald Trump took steps to actively encourage seniors to choose Medicare Advantage plans over traditional Medicare and expanded the benefits that the privately run plans are allowed to offer.

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