Hiking Medicare age opposed by left, right (Modern Healthcare)

December 4, 2012 – Proposals to increase the eligibility age for Medicare drew fire from across the political spectrum during a Washington meeting of some debt negotiation leaders. Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the powerful Finance Committee, said during the Fix the Debt Conference that he favored targeting the growth in healthcare costs instead of “shifting costs to seniors.” Neera Tanden, president of the liberal Center for American Progress, agreed with Edmund Haislmaier, a senior research fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, that increasing the Medicare eligibility age would just shift the cost of their care to other systems.

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