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  •  I'm loving the pushback among Dem members... (17+ / 0-)

    ...of Congress that they will NOT accept Medicare-at-67.

    Liberals warn Obama: We will fight any hike in Medicare age

    At a recent private caucus meeting among Senate Democrats, someone brought up the persistent media rumors that President Obama might accept raising the Medicare eligibility age as part of a fiscal cliff deal. There was an outpouring of outrage from the Senate’s liberal members, who bluntly told the room that this should be a nonstarter among Dems.

    So recounts Senator Jeff Merkley in an interview with me — underscoring again just how deep the opposition will run among Democrats if a hike in the Medicare age is incorporated into a deal.

    “The overwhelming sense was that this would be absolutely unacceptable,” Merkley told me. Of the President, Merkley added: “I can’t imagine he is seriously considering it.”

    Better yet is that Merkley's even mentioning the L-word regarding Medicare:
    "We should be lowering the age, not raising it,” Merkley said. Speaking of the president, Merkley added: “I hope he hears long and loud from us who are connected to the real lives of working people."
    Between Merkley's statements, Pelosi's op-ed, and Rep. Garamendi's diary today, I'm increasingly hopeful that the Dems in Congress will NOT sell us out on this issue, as they did during the Summer 2011 negotiations for a Grand Bargain.

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