The Hill: Dem senator blasts GOP proposals to raise Medicare age

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The Hill: Dem senator blasts GOP proposals to raise Medicare age

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) slammed Republican proposals to raise Medicare’s eligibility age as a slap in the face to working-class people.

Addressing a hospitals conference Tuesday, Brown motioned to his own suit and tie and said “people who dress like this — we can retire later.”

“The people who are cleaning your hotel room, the people who are serving dinner here … can’t work until they’re 70 years old,” Brown said.

House Republican leaders indicated they may soon back Medicare benefit changes for people 55 years and older in order to balance the federal budget over the next decade.

On Tuesday, Brown said the move “doesn’t work, in my mind, for the huge portion of Americans” because it merely shifts costs from government to patients.

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