Sunday, March 10, 2013

Pelosi on raising Medicare age: ‘It’s a scalp’ for Republicans, ‘not a solution’


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) says raising the eligibility age for Medicare benefits is just a political "trophy" for Republicans because the idea would not strengthen the program.

"We don't want to hurt beneficiaries," Pelosi told CNN's Candy Crowley on Sunday. "We certainly want to strengthen Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid. We want to make them more fiscally sound. We want to make sure that for the purpose that they have been instituted, they're honoring the purpose and the taxpayer, and the beneficiaries are getting their money's worth."

"The rising cost of health care in our country is the biggest increase to the rising cost of Medicare," she explained. "So stopping the drastic increase of the cost of health care is important for our whole economy and health care. Especially important when it comes to Medicare is it's already working — 0.4 percent, the rate of increase, much slower than it had been. And as I said, Medicaid [is] not increasing. Now, we want to do better than that."


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