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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 - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association -Trump enters debate week after NYT obtains his tax returns The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden asks if public can trust vaccine from Trump ahead of Election Day | Oklahoma health officials raised red flags before Trump rally Shakespeare Theatre Company goes virtual for 'Will on the Hill...or Won't They?' MORE warned Friday that Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' Trump's debate performance was too little, too late Final debate: War Admiral vs. Seabiscuit 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 BrownPlaintiff and defendant from Obergefell v. Hodges unite to oppose Barrett's confirmation Congress must repeal tax breaks for the wealthy passed in CARES Act Democratic senators unveil bill to ban discrimination in financial services industry 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 BidenFacebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' Senate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus MORE with 48 percent support, while Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenFinal debate: War Admiral vs. Seabiscuit Biden defends his health plan from Trump attacks Progressives blast Biden plan to form panel on Supreme Court reform 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 HarrisSanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' Watch live: Biden participates in HBCU homecoming Jennifer Aniston: 'It's not funny to vote for Kanye' 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