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

The Hill’s editor-in-chief Bob CusackRobert (Bob) CusackHill editor-in-chief calls IG report 'a game-changer' The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by AdvaMed — House panel delays impeachment vote until Friday Hill editor-in-chief reacts to fifth Democratic debate MORE warned Friday that Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Buttigieg releases list of campaign bundlers Reject National Defense Authorization Act, save Yemen instead 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 BrownSherrod Brown backs new North American trade deal: 'This will be the first trade agreement I've ever voted for' Trump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field On The Money: Pelosi, Trump tout deal on new NAFTA | McConnell says no trade vote until impeachment trial wraps up | Lawmakers push spending deadline to Thursday 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 BidenDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Media organization fights Trump administration over Ukraine documents FOIA Buttigieg releases list of campaign bundlers MORE with 48 percent support, while Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Buttigieg releases list of campaign bundlers Krystal Ball rips Warren's 'passive-aggressive' swipes at rivals 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 HarrisSanders revokes congressional endorsement for Young Turks founder Cenk Uygur The Hill's Campaign Report: 2020 Democrats trading jabs ahead of Los Angeles debate New poll finds Sanders surging to within 7 points of Biden in South Carolina 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