any proposal that has the liberal left and conservative right both up in arms can't be all bad. With the largest entitlement program since FDR, one would think the liberals would be in donkey heaven. The conservative right is philosophically opposed as would be expected. The Democrats have the small problem in that it was proposed and pushed by Bush. Thank goodness, arch conservative Feinstein was able to carry the day. If your primary source of news is NPR and CBS, I suggest you try to broaden your horizons and get a slanted view from the other side, you just might end up somewhere in the middle.
In any event, in poli sci 101, entitlements are opposed as an unnecessary waste by those who do not receive them. If you are part of the targeted population, the entitlement is a right, but clearly underfunded. What Bush did is called triangulation, and as pointed out, the master was former President Clinton.
Being the treasurer of the board of a nursing home, and having a wife who is a nurse, I believe I have a fair to middling grasp of the concept of medicare. I personally think reform in medicare is necessary, and taking a step is better than letting the issue be used as a scare tactic by far left and far right to further alienate the general public, including the senior population.
Believe it or not, occasionally government can do things of a positive nature, although naysayers both in and out of the government; politicians, media and members of the public would not admit the fact if their lives depended on it.