his promise to leave Social Security and Medicare alone

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Does "leave alone" here mean "leave unchanged"?

If so, it is not the case that Trump can keep his promise - because the current Medicare is Obamacare, which Trump promised to abandon or change. Where have I got wrong?

Thanks in advance

WASHINGTON — President Trump will instruct federal agencies on Monday to assemble a budget for the coming fiscal year that includes sharp increases in Defense Department spending and drastic enough cuts to domestic agencies that he can keep his promise to leave Social Security and Medicare alone, according to four senior administration officials.


  • pob14

    Senior Member
    American English
    The HCA ("Obamacare") is radically different from Medicare. Medicare is for older people and paid for by mandatory wage deductions. The HCA provided for the availability of insurance to everyone (and made it mandatory for people to buy health insurance), paid to private insurance companies directly by people.
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