Congressional Republicans, such as Speaker Paul Ryan, above, are hoping to at least partially privatize the popular health care program for senior citizens. (Photo: iStock)

While much of the health care policy focus in recent days has been on what Republicans plan to do with the Affordable Care Act, there is likely an even more important question that relates to far more Americans: What will the GOP do about Medicare?

Mainstream Republicans, led by Speaker Paul Ryan and other conservatives who have long been agitating to reform or dismantle large entitlement programs, hope that the Trump presidency will offer them the opportunity to at least partially privatize Medicare.

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