House Dems to Obama: Don't raise Medicare age

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"Even though we have made great progress addressing long-term rising health care costs with the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act, and even though the eligibility age for Social Security benefits is gradually increasing, it will do great harm to our economy and millions of seniors to raise the Medicare eligibility age or enact other significant cost-shifting alternatives," the lawmakers wrote.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was more pointed in her weekly press conference.

"Don't even think about raising the Medicare age," she said Thursday.

"We are not throwing America's seniors over the cliff to give a tax cut to the wealthiest people in America. We have clarity on that."

Proponents of raising the Medicare age from 65 to 67 say it is appropriate, giving rising life expectancy and the rapidly aging U.S. population.

Opponents argue it would raise premiums for Medicare beneficiaries and not save the federal government much money.

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—This post was updated at 4:05 p.m.