Democratic senators urge Biden to include health care in economic plan

Democratic senators urge Biden to include health care in economic plan

A contingent of Democratic senators are urging President BidenJoe BidenHaiti prime minister warns inequality will cause migration to continue Pelosi: House must pass 3 major pieces of spending legislation this week Erdoğan says Turkey plans to buy another Russian defense system MORE to include a variety of health care proposals in the next phase of his economic recovery plan.

A letter signed by 17 senators and obtained by CNN asks Biden include proposals to lower the age for Medicare eligibility, expand Medicare benefits for hearing, dental and vision, cap out-of-pocket expenses and allow for the negotiation of lower drug prices under the program.

The letter is signed by a group of Democratic senators from wide ideological spectrums including Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersIn Washington, the road almost never taken Don't let partisan politics impede Texas' economic recovery The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenIn Washington, the road almost never taken Senate poised to battle over Biden's pick of big bank critic Treasury says more rental aid is reaching tenants, preventing evictions MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowDemocrats surprised, caught off guard by 'framework' deal Congress facing shutdown, debt crisis with no plan B GOP warns McConnell won't blink on debt cliff MORE (D-Mich.) and Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinLawmakers say innovation, trade rules key to small business gains The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Biden jumps into frenzied Dem spending talks House Democrat: Staff is all vaccinated 'because they don't like to be dead' MORE (D-Md.). 

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"Medicare has been one of the most successful and popular federal programs in our nation's history since it was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965. Now, 55 years later, the time is long overdue for us to expand and improve this program so that millions of older Americans can receive the health care they need, including eyeglasses, hearing aids and dental care," the letter read, according to CNN.

The second phase of the economic recovery plan, set to be unveiled by Biden this week, also includes a proposal to increase taxes on the rich to pay for education and child care.

The Hill has reached out to Sanders, Warren, Stabnow and Cardin.