Pelosi: Dems must say No to raising M...

Pelosi: Dems must say No to raising Medicare eligibility age

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Bob Schmahl

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Dec 6, 2012
Pelosi: Dems must say No to raising Medicare eligibility age

Source: Washington Post

Posted by Greg Sargent on December 5, 2012

It’s a perennial fear among liberals: In the quest for a fiscal cliff deal, the White House and Democrats will ultimately acquiesce to GOP demands to raise the Medicare eligibility age. But one Democrat is drawing a line against this possibility: Nancy Pelosi.

“I am very much against that, and I think most of my members are,” Pelosi said in an interview with me today.“I don’t see any reason why that should be in any agreement.”

The argument against raising the eligibility age is that it would leave hundreds of thousands of seniors without health coverage and wouldn’t raise that much money for deficit reduction, since many of those seniors would go into Medicaid or the Obamacare exchanges, offsetting savings. The Congressional Budget Office recently estimated that it would save $125 billion over 10 years.

Pelosi echoed this complaint succinctly, saying:“Show me the money.” She also said flatly that she didn’t believe raising the eligibility age would be in the final deal, despite GOP demands:“I don’t anticipate that it will be in it.”

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