Medicare's trustees are set to deliver their annual report on the program's finances today. And there's a decent chance they'll say that Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price needs to make some cuts to the program — cuts he described as "rationing" when he was in the House.
What's happening: The ACA set up a new independent board — the Independent Payment Advisory Board — to make targeted Medicare cuts if the program's overall spending grew especially quickly. (Then-Rep. Price slammed it as an "unaccountable, unelected board of 15 bureaucrats" with "the power to deny care to seniors.")
No one was ever appointed to that board, and spending hasn't grown enough to trigger it, anyway. But some experts think this might be the year it crosses that threshold. And because no one's on the board, it would be up to the HHS secretary to decide where to cut.
Why it matters: Price has already shown that he's not eager to enforce the ACA any more than he has to. But, technically, this is an area where he might have to. Conservative Republicans like Price have called for lower entitlement spending for years, and yet this board was a central part of their attacks against the ACA.