The future of Medicare has been debated in Congress over the past two weeks, after House Republicans passed a long-term budget proposal that would change Medicare dramatically. Two South Carolina congressmen will be in their home districts talking about it Monday.
Democrat Jim Clyburn and Republican Joe Wilson plan to hold separate town hall meetings in the Columbia area focusing on the federal budget.
Clyburn will be at Greenview Park in the city’s north side at 11 am Monday to talk about Medicare and Republican efforts to change it. The plan passed by the House last week would move away from government-provided insurance into a system in which seniors are subsidized a set amount for private insurance plans. Clyburn critizes the idea, saying it would eliminate a “safety net” for seniors.
Later in the day, Wilson will hold a public meeting with his constituents at Lexington’s Town Hall at 5:30 pm. Wilson’s team said he will address the need to cut “reckless spending.” Wilson will also speak in Hardeeville on Thursday.