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Medicare Trigger

The Medicare trigger focuses attention on the impact of program spending on the federal budget, and it provides one measure of the financial health of the program. However, some options for reducing general revenue spending below the 45% level would have a greater impact than others. Proponents of the trigger maintain that it forces fiscal responsibility, whereas critics of the trigger suggest that other measures of Medicare spending, such as total Medicare spending as a portion of federal spending, would be more useful indicators.

  • Author(s):
  • Patricia A. Davis
  • Todd Garvey
  • Christopher M. Davis
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Medicare Trigger
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Publisher:Congressional Research Service
Published:April 7, 2022
License:Public Domain

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