Trump’s selection of Tom Price to lead the Health and Human Services Department provoked Democratic concerns that Republicans will try to privatize Medicare when they go after Obamacare. (Photo: iStock)

Republicans have called for major Medicare changes for years, but now that they may be in a position to push something through, some party leaders are wary of sparking a fight over a popular program that President-elect Donald Trump promised he’d protect.

“That falls under the rule of not biting off more than you can chew,” Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, who chairs the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said in an interview. “The problems about the solvency of Medicare should be left for another debate, another discussion, and not be part of the replace and repeal” effort on Obamacare.

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