DES MOINES, Iowa — It’s a key issue for candidates running for Congress and retired Iowans or those thinking about retirement — Medicare.
As it stands now, the Medicare system may no longer be solvent for Americans 49 years old or younger. So Congress will have to find ways to put more money into the system or make changes for the system to cost less.
Channel 13 Political Director Dave Price set out to ask two candidates running for Iowa’s third district how to solve the problem.
As Americans live longer and health care costs keep going up, worries over Medicare’s sustainability continue.
Congress would have to make changes like raise the retirement age, taxes, or some other fix to make sure the Medicare system has enough money it to make promised payments to people after around the year 2030.
David Young is the Republican candidate in the third district. He’s Senator Chuck Grassley’s former chief of staff.
Here’s how he said he’d make Medicare more secure.
Young also said he'd look at "means testing” which means wealthier Americans would get reduced Medicare benefits.
Young's opponent, Democrat Staci Appel, didn't respond in time to our request for an interview. As we mentioned Monday, Appel's campaign canceled our scheduled interview set for last Thursday. After numerous requests following that, the campaign finally returned our call Monday morning. The campaign offered some time Tuesday night. We explained that would mean Appel would not be able to be part of our already planned coverage for Monday and Tuesday during the News at Four.
If all goes well, we'll be able to talk to Appel Tuesday night and we'll finally be able to hear from both candidates during Wednesday’s segment.