Exactly what legislation will be fast-tracked under a President Trump and supported by the GOP majorities in the Senate and House is a cipher - nobody knows. But experts are ready with guesses about how a Trump administration will impact seniors.
A lot of people are impacted. Seniors number 46.2 million - that's 14.5% of the U.S. population - and every day, 10,000 people turn 65. Their big issues are plain: Medicare, Social Security, taxes -- essentially bread and butter concerns. And a lot the president does, or doesn't do, will impact many seniors. They definitely have a vested interest in knowing which way the wind blows with President-elect Trump, himself a senior and a Baby Boomer. Does he share their interests?
Understand, a lot of this is guesswork. That's because "we have not seen a whole lot that is concrete from Trump," said Brigid Harrison, a political science professor at Montclair State in New Jersey. She added that the picture would come into a sharper focus as Trump names appointees to key jobs and also elaborates on his top priorities.
But about some think there already is certainty.
The estate tax will likely vanish. Trump has repeatedly said he wants it to end. As it stands, it applies only to estates valued at over $5.45 million; they are slapped with up to a 40% tax bill. But only 2 in 1,000 estates fall under this law (0.02%). Even so, said Jo-Renee Formicola, a professor of political science at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, "The 'death tax' is crucial to seniors."