Candidates avoid Medicare, Social Security finance woes - – Rockford’s News Leader

Candidates avoid Medicare, Social Security finance woes


The Social Security and Medicare trustees are warning of tough choices ahead to keep the two programs financially solvent over the long run. But you wouldn't know it from listening to the presidential candidates.

Social Security and Medicare provide the nation's framework for economic security and health care in retirement, and they are financially unsustainable without spending cuts, tax increases, or a combination of both.

Medicare's trust fund will be bankrupt in 2028, and Social Security's in 2034.

Unusual for a Republican, Donald Trump has promised not to cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, the health care program for low-income people.

Democrat Hillary Clinton wants to expand Social Security benefits.

The two candidates are saying very little about the funding shortfalls they may have to confront in the White House.

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