Thursday, April 11, 2013

Who Wants to Raise the Age of Medicare?

The people who already receive Medicare benefits, that's who. Nearly two-thirds of the elderly favor raising the age of Medicare eligibility—but only if it affects future retirees (their children and grandchildren) and not their own health insurance benefits.

When the Kaiser Family Foundation asked Americans, "Would you favor or oppose gradually raising the age of eligibility for Medicare from 65 to 67 for future retirees?" the 64 percent majority of Americans aged 65 or older favored an increase. Among younger Americans, a smaller 43 to 44 percent supported an increase in the age of eligibility.

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