Hill editor-in-chief: Sanders has to ease fears among seniors on 'Medicare for All'

The Hill’s editor-in-chief Bob CusackRobert (Bob) CusackThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Tensions rise as U.S. waits for Derek Chauvin verdict Key Democrat says traveler fees should fund infrastructure projects Trump legal switch hints at larger problems MORE warned Friday that Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money: Yellen touts 'whole-of-economy' plan to fight climate change | Senate GOP adopts symbolic earmark ban, digs in on debt limit GOP lawmaker demands review over FBI saying baseball shooting was 'suicide by cop' House Dems to unveil drug pricing measure ahead of Biden package MORE (I-Vt.) is going to have to make a concerted effort to reach older voters and ease their concerns over his proposed “Medicare for All” plan.

“Bernie’s going to have to ease their fears about ‘Medicare for All,’ ” Cusack said during an appearance on Hill.TV.

He said it won't be easy, calling it an "uphill battle" given opposition from many Democrats, including liberal Ohio Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownHouse Dems to unveil drug pricing measure ahead of Biden package Ma'Khia Bryant's TikToks go viral as alternative to body cam footage Sherrod Brown: Teenager killed in Columbus police shooting 'should be alive right now' MORE (D), who has frequently spoken out against the proposal.

Senior voters are considered one of the most reliable and important voting blocs for Democrats.

While Sanders has been winning over young voters, recent polls show support for him dwindling among seniors compared to his main rivals for the Democratic nomination.

A Quinnipiac University poll out late last month found only 4 percent of likely voters over 65 support the 77-year-old senator.

The same poll found former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCornyn, Sinema to introduce bill aimed at addressing border surge Harris to travel to Northern Triangle region in June Biden expected to formally recognize Armenian Genocide: report MORE with 48 percent support, while Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenLawmakers react to guilty verdict in Chauvin murder trial: 'Our work is far from done' World passes 3 million coronavirus deaths Poll: 56 percent say wealth tax is part of solution to inequality MORE (D-Mass.) received 20 percent.

Health care, meanwhile, has emerged as a top issue among Democratic voters.

Several top tier candidates such as Sanders, Warren, and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSenate confirms Gupta nomination in tight vote Earth Day 2021: New directions for US climate policy rhetoric Biden says Chauvin verdict is step forward in fight against racial injustice MORE (D-Calif.) have all introduced varying forms of Medicare for All, which seeks to create a single-payer, government-run health care program.

Biden, who is the front-runner, has panned the idea, and instead touted a proposal that would expand on ObamaCare.

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