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.

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 ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottOvernight Tech: Facebook vows to stop letting advertisers exclude by race | Watchdog study finds lack of diversity in tech | Agencies sued over tattoo recognition software Government study shows lack of diversity in tech Overnight Regulation: House passes bill to overturn joint-employer rule | Trump officials to allow work requirements for Medicaid | Lawmakers 'alarmed' by EPA's science board changes MORE (Va.), Kathy Castor (Fla.), Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerDemocrat: Pelosi ‘ceded the moral high ground’ on sexual harassment Clyburn on disparity in responses to sexual allegations: ‘Who elected them?’ Third House Dem calls for Conyers to resign MORE (Ore.), Mel Watt (N.C.), Bill Pascrell (N.J.), Elijah Cummings (Md.), Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenThe nearly 60 Dems who voted for impeachment House rejects Democrat's resolution to impeach Trump Pelosi, Hoyer: Now is not the time to consider impeachment MORE (Texas), Janice Hahn (Calif.), Jim McDermottJim McDermottLobbying World Dem lawmaker: Israel's accusations start of 'war on the American government' Dem to Trump on House floor: ‘Stop tweeting’ MORE (Wash.), Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeThe nearly 60 Dems who voted for impeachment Lobbying world Dems aim to elect Conyers replacement on Judiciary this month MORE (Texas), Judy Chu (Calif.), Robert Brady (Pa.), Charles Rangel (N.Y.), Gene GreenRaymond (Gene) Eugene GreenSeven Texas lawmakers leaving Congress means a younger, more diverse delegation Texas Dem rep announces plans to retire Five things to know about GOP's gun-suppressor bill MORE (Texas), Rosa DeLauro (Conn.), Marcia FudgeMarcia Louise FudgeThe nearly 60 Dems who voted for impeachment House rejects Democrat's resolution to impeach Trump Dem plans to force House floor vote on impeaching Trump MORE (Ohio), Corrine BrownCorrine BrownFormer Florida rep sentenced to five years in prison for fraud, tax evasion Genuine veteran charities face a challenge beating the fakes Former Florida rep found guilty of tax evasion, fraud MORE (Fla.), Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas), John YarmuthJohn Allen YarmuthThe nearly 60 Dems who voted for impeachment House rejects Democrat's resolution to impeach Trump Dem plans to force House floor vote on impeaching Trump MORE (Ky.), Karen BassKaren Ruth BassThe nearly 60 Dems who voted for impeachment Sessions grilled by lawmakers from both parties Niger tragedy underscores the need for a coherent Africa strategy, answers MORE (Calif.), Brad Miller (N.C.), Peter DeFazio (Ore.), Mike Honda (Calif.), Ted Deutch (Fla.), Yvette Clarke (N.Y.), Sam FarrSam FarrMedical marijuana supporters hopeful about government funding bill Marijuana advocates to give away free joints on Capitol Hill DEA decision against reclassifying marijuana ignores public opinion 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 BishopTimothy (Tim) Howard 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 Francis WelchTrump talks tough but little action seen on drug prices Frustrated with Trump, Dems introduce drug pricing bill Lawmakers try again on miners’ pension bill 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 Marie BonamiciReporter beats lawmakers to win charity spelling bee Gore wishes Mikulski a happy birthday at 'Inconvenient Sequel' premiere Dems to Mattis: Don't delay transgender enlistment policy MORE (Ore.), John GaramendiJohn Raymond GaramendiDem rep. slams Trump’s LaVar Ball attacks as racially motivated Armed Services Dem: Pentagon not forthcoming about Niger attack Rivalry on right emerges between ‘the two Marks’ 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.