Despite pressure from Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate as well as dozens of advocacy groups, Biden declined to propose lowering Medicare’s eligibility age from 65 to 60—let alone providing Medicare to every person in the country—in his American Families Plan, the $1.8 trillion social spending and tax reform package he showcased on Wednesday.
In his speech, the president did call on Congress to “lower prescription drug costs” by giving “Medicare the power to save hundreds of billions of dollars by negotiating lower drug prescription prices.” He said that the savings could be used to “expand Medicare coverage and benefits without costing taxpayers an additional penny.”
And yet, Biden chose not to include any Medicare-related provisions in his American Families Plan. Ahead of Biden’s Wednesday night address to Congress, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) declared in a video that “we’ve got to deal with healthcare.”
Expanding access to and improving Medicare is popular across political party lines, according to polling results (pdf) released last week by Data for Progress.
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