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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:44 PM

Durbin: White House No Longer Considering Raising the Medicare Age [View all]

Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) One of President Barack Obama's top Senate allies says he's been assured by the White House that the president won't yield to GOP demands to increase the eligibility age for Medicare.

Fellow Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin made the revelation to reporters after a Capitol Hill news conference.

Increasing the eligibility age is a key demand by Republicans seeking cost curbs in popular benefit programs in exchange for higher tax revenues.

Durbin said he's been told that increasing the eligibility age from 65 is "no longer one of the items being considered by the White House."


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This is great news...it is nice to know that the president actually listens to the labor leaders, AARP, progressives on the Hill and grassroots activists who pushed back against this idea.

The bad news is, now I may need to pick a new topic for my health policy seminar. Oh well, small price to pay. I may still write it anyway...this probably isn't the last of this idiotic proposal.

Let's keep up the vigilance to oppose other cuts the GOP might demand.

Now back to my self-imposed exile from this site because I have a big exam tomorrow. Yell at me if I post anything else today.

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