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Trump, Carson Argue About Future of Medicare

Donald Trump and Ben Carson, the leading contenders for the Republican presidential nomination, are engaged in a debate over the future of Medicare and Medicaid.

The billionaire businessman slammed Carson’s plan to offer Americans personal savings accounts as an alternative to the federal health-care programs, Politico reported.

“You know, Ben wants to knock out Medicare, I heard that over the weekend,” Trump said Tuesday on “Morning Joe” on MSNBC. “I think abolishing Medicare ... I don’t think you’re going to get away with that one. It’s actually a program that’s worked. So it’s a program that some people love, actually.”

Carson stressed on “Fox News Sunday” it is “completely false” that he favors eliminating Medicare. “That’s a narrative that somebody’s putting out there to scare people,” he said. “What the program that I have outlined, using health savings accounts starting from the time you are born until the time you die, largely eliminates the need for people to be dependent on government programs like that — but I would never get rid of the programs.”

Carson explained: “I would provide people with an alternative. I think they will see that the alternative that we’re going to outline is so much better than anything else that they will flock to it.”

During a Sunday interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Trump conceded that it is “possible” the savings accounts could make Medicare unnecessary, according to Politico.

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