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Since the introduction of Medicare in 1965 millions of seniors and people with disabilities have enjoyed health care security However as successful as the Medicare program has been it is still unable to keep up with decades of improvement in the health care field Today Medicare provides health care coverage for 40 million Americans and is expected to reach 70 million by 2031 Medicare2003 With the price of health care rising and the Baby boom generation nearing the age of retirement Medicare and the nation faces serious economic challenges This will require the best use of todays modern health care delivery methods while increasing the sustainability of the program President Bush believes it is the moral obligation of the nation to provide quality health care to seniors and people with disabilities This driving force is the reason that President Bush wants to bring the Medicare system into the 21st century with his Medicare program President Bushs Medicare program will provide more choices and better benefits to current and future participants while still maintaing a reasonable budget Medicare is a Federal health insurance program for people age 65 and older individuals who are permanently disabled or those who have End Stage Renal Disease End Stage Renal Disease is the permanent failure of the kidney that requires dialysis or transplant However Medicare only pays for part of the health care bills that todays seniors and disabled face Todays Medicare beneficiaries lack many of the choices and benefits that previous Medicare recipients enjoyed Medicare also does not provide an outpatient prescription drug benefit Twenty-four percent of Medicare patients have no drug coverage and many more have limited coverage Facts2003 This forces many seniors to go without the medicine that they need to survive Another drawback to the current Medicare system is the lack of preventive health care such as cancer and diabetes screening Under the current system seniors have no protection from high out-of-pocket costs that rob seniors
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