Medicare Advantage

Medicare Advantage isn't expected to slow down thanks to aging seniors

President Donald Trump signs an executive order to protect and improve Medicare
President Donald Trump signs an executive order to protect and improve Medicare. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Health insurers continue to see Medicare Advantage as a lucrative business, especially as aging Baby Boomers have propelled enrollment to about 22 million people, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: Health insurers and the Trump administration are working fast to sign people up for the private Medicare plans instead of traditional Medicare. And the president's executive order last week aims to keep funneling even more people toward Medicare Advantage over time, Axios' Marisa Fernandez writes.

Trump still doesn't have an alternative to "Medicare for All"

Trump walks, leaving a trail in the shape of a health care cross
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

What the White House billed yesterday as a high-profile counterpunch to “Medicare for All” turned out to be much less significant — a fairly normal, fairly vague policy statement with no real implications for 2020.

Between the lines: Trump is promoting Medicare Advantage over traditional Medicare, and that does matter for the program and the federal budget. But it’s not a new position and not one that has much to do with the broader debate over the American health care system.