House Dems to Obama: Don't raise Medicare age

"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.

Thursday's letter came from, among others, Democratic Reps. Lloyd Doggett (Texas), Joe Courtney (Conn.), John Larson (Conn.), Louise Slaughter (N.Y.), John Lewis (Ga.), Jan Schakowsky (Ill.), Allyson Schwartz (Pa.), Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.), Frank Pallone (N.J.), Barney Frank (Mass.), John Tierney (Mass.), Danny Davis (Ill.), Henry Waxman (Calif.), Bobby ScottBobby ScottVA Dems jockey for Kaine's seat House votes to delay Obama's overtime rule Overnight Tech: Lawmakers, tech talk diversity | Group raises security worries over internet handoff | FCC commish wants probe into debate Wi-Fi MORE (Va.), Kathy Castor (Fla.), Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerOvernight Finance: House GOP grills IRS chief on impeachment | Bipartisan anger over Iran payment | Fed holds rates steady but hints at coming hike Panel votes to extend nuclear power tax credit DEA decision against reclassifying marijuana ignores public opinion MORE (Ore.), Mel Watt (N.C.), Bill Pascrell (N.J.), Elijah Cummings (Md.), Al GreenAl GreenObama promises not to twerk at WH concert Dem lawmakers rally Muslims against Trump Black caucus issues call to action MORE (Texas), Janice Hahn (Calif.), Jim McDermottJim McDermottHouse passes bill exempting some from ObamaCare mandate Government to step in if insurance companies don't offer affordable health care choices Dems fear they made a mistake passing ObamaCare provision MORE (Wash.), Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson-LeeDems hijack IRS hearing to ask about Trump’s taxes The Hill's 12:30 Report Why a new 'app' would be essential to public education in the fight against Zika MORE (Texas), Judy Chu (Calif.), Robert Brady (Pa.), Charles Rangel (N.Y.), Gene GreenGene GreenHouse Dems call for NHL to reduce head injuries Top Dem: Cures bill funding cut to B Lawmakers pledge push for cures bill in lame-duck MORE (Texas), Rosa DeLauro (Conn.), Marcia FudgeMarcia FudgeFULL SPEECH: Obama slams Trump's 'politics of fear' at rally Dems nominate Kaine for VP Sanders gives blessing as Dems nominate Clinton MORE (Ohio), Corrine BrownCorrine BrownInsiders dominate year of the outsider The Hill’s 12:30 Report Corrine Brown loses primary amid indictment MORE (Fla.), Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas), John YarmuthJohn YarmuthDem lawmakers: Clinton should have disclosed illness sooner House Dems to GOP on gun reprimands: 'Bring it on' Overnight Regulation: Obama unveils new Arctic drilling rules | GOP pushes regulatory budget MORE (Ky.), Karen BassKaren BassThe Hill's 12:30 Report Lawmakers, stars collide at 'Queen of Katwe' premiere Ex-GOP senator: Trump's a sociopath MORE (Calif.), Brad Miller (N.C.), Peter DeFazio (Ore.), Mike Honda (Calif.), Ted Deutch (Fla.), Yvette Clarke (N.Y.), Sam FarrSam FarrDEA decision against reclassifying marijuana ignores public opinion 19 House Democrats' sites hacked at close of gun sit-in Dems push for allowing base closures MORE (Calif.), Jose Serrano (N.Y.), Bennie Thompson (Miss.), Alcee Hastings (Fla.), Jim Langevin (R.I.), Keith Ellison (Minn.), Rush Holt (N.J.), Paul Tonko (N.Y.), Tim BishopTim BishopDems separated by 29 votes in NY House primary Flint residents hire first K Street firm House moves to vote on .1T package; backup plan in place MORE (N.Y.), Peter WelchPeter WelchYahoo hack spurs push for legislation Retailers have jumped the shark EpiPen investigation shows need for greater pricing transparency, other reforms MORE (Vt.), Bill Keating (Mass.), Chellie Pingree (Maine), Colleen Hanabusa (Hawaii), Jim McGovern (Mass.), Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Steve Cohen (Tenn.), John Sarbanes (Md.), Linda Sanchez (Calif.), Doris Matsui (Calif.), Carolyn Maloney (N.Y.), Emanuel Cleaver (Mo.), Suzanne BonamiciSuzanne Bonamici'Will on the Hill' pokes fun at 2016 election Overnight Energy: Greens take aim at trade deals Rep. Ellison challenges Ryan to bring Muslim guest to SOTU MORE (Ore.), John GaramendiJohn GaramendiDems urge treaty ratification after South China Sea ruling Fight over California drought heats up in Congress Overnight Energy: House moves toward conference on energy bill MORE (Calif.), David Cicilline (R.I.), Donald Payne (N.J.), Jackie Speier (Calif.), Maxine Waters (Calif.), Kerry BentivolioKerry BentivolioIndiana Republican: Leaders duped me Reindeer farmer saves 'cromnibus' with yes vote High drama as .1T spending package advances by one vote MORE (Mich.), Lynn Woolsey (Calif.), Russ Carnahan (Mo.), Maurice Hinchey (N.Y.), John Olver (Mass.) and Betty Sutton (Ohio) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.).

—This post was updated at 4:05 p.m.