Dem senator blasts GOP proposals to raise Medicare age

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House Republican leaders indicated they may soon back Medicare benefit changes for people 55 years and older in order to balance the federal budget over the next decade.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul RyanPaul RyanFive goals for Republicans this summer Five tax reform issues dividing Republicans GOP leader tempers ObamaCare expectations MORE (R-Wis.) reportedly told colleagues that the eligibility age could go up to 59.

On Tuesday, Brown said the move "doesn't work, in my mind, for the huge portion of Americans" because it merely shifts costs from government to patients.

He said he is still open to some changes, like the possibility of means testing within entitlement programs.

Brown spoke to the Federation of American Hospitals shortly after Sen. Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderGOP leader tempers ObamaCare expectations Overnight Regulation: Appeals court upholds injunction on Trump travel ban | GOP bill would scrap 'micro-unions' Republicans introduce bill to scrap 'micro-unions' MORE (R-Tenn.), who blasted President Obama as uninterested in entitlement reform.

For his part, Brown said that "this lurching from one [fiscal] crises to another … none of that happened in this country prior to the Tea Party taking over the House of Representatives in 2010."

"People really don't know what to do to come to an agreement," Brown said.