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 Morning Report — Trump's new controversy Politicon announces lineup including Comey, Hannity, Priebus The Hill's Editor-in-Chief: Why Yang won't run third party MORE warned Friday that Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOmar: Biden not the candidate to 'tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have' Seven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa Democrats go all out to court young voters for 2020 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 BrownBipartisan housing finance reform on the road less taken Hillicon Valley: Google to promote original reporting | Senators demand answers from Amazon on worker treatment | Lawmakers weigh response to ransomware attacks Senate Democrats want answers on 'dangerous' Amazon delivery system 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 BidenUnited Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' Omar: Biden not the candidate to 'tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have' MORE with 48 percent support, while Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenUnited Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Omar: Biden not the candidate to 'tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have' Seven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa 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 Devi HarrisSeven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa Fracking ban could have unintended consequence of boosting coal Poll: Voters back Medicare expansion, keeping private insurance 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.

—Tess Bonn