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 RyanRyan confident on tax reform after GOP releases principles McCain's cancer — The congressional peace maker Koch network teaming up with Trump officials for tax-reform event 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 AlexanderObamaCare repeal: Now what? Senate ObamaCare repeal bill falls in shocking vote Overnight Healthcare: Senate rejects repeal-only ObamaCare plan | Ads target Heller, Capito over vote | Dem says ObamaCare repeal effort moving US 'toward single-payer' 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.