Medicare eligibility age

GOP Runs New Medicare Plan Up the Flagpole

Posted on 03/5/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsRep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) might propose changing the age of immunity — immunity from cuts in Medicare, that is. Pay attention when Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, begins outlining his budget for reporters on March 6. Republicans have long said that the health insurance program for older Americans is growing so fast it will eat the federal budget alive. But the party line has been that people 55 and older won’t be affected – under the theory …

What Washington Politicians Really Mean When They Talk About Our Benefits

Posted on 02/14/2013 by |AARP Media Relations Team | Comments

PoliticsThis originally appeared at The Huffington Post. This week before the President’s State of the Union address, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that the President won’t advocate for raising the age of Medicare beneficiaries but that he’s absolutely willing to cut our Social Security benefits.  Carney’s tune dramatically changed the narrative from the 2012 campaign by saying said that the President wouldn’t “ask seniors to bear the burden of further deficit reduction alone.”  During the 2012 election candidates …

Poll: Americans Want Deficit Addressed Without Medicare Cuts

Posted on 01/25/2013 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Mary Agnes Carey, Senior Correspondent, Kaiser Health News Most Americans want quick action to reduce the federal budget deficit, but almost six in 10 oppose cutting Medicare spending to achieve that goal, according to a new poll released today. Lawmakers should examine other alternatives, including requiring drug makers to give the government “a better deal” on medications for low-income seniors (85 percent) and making higher-income seniors pay more for coverage (59 percent), according to the survey conducted by the …

Changing Medicare Eligibility: Where’s the Savings?

Posted on 12/12/2012 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIf Medicare stops offering coverage for 65- and 66-year-olds, who picks up the tab? As Congress and the White House debate the menu for a new fiscal diet, raising the Medicare eligibility age to 67 is a favorite dish for some. And it’s certainly a favorite topic for Washington journalists, interest groups and opinion makers to dish on these days. The change would save the Medicare program 5 percent over the next 20 years, according to a Congressional Budget Office …