Per Ezra Klein, raising the eligibility age for Medicare is off the table. Why?
First, the cutoff for Medicare eligibility age has been under consideration repeatedly, giving health-care experts more time to run the numbers and parse their results. Their conclusion, essentially, was that raising the Medicare eligibility age is counterproductive: It cuts the deficit but raises national health spending as it moves seniors to more expensive insurance options. Some in the White House are simply more skeptical of the policy than they were two years ago.
This is one of those issues for which we’ve been beating a drum, even over at other sites. I’m counting this as a TIE win, policy-wise.