Pelosi: No reason to raise Medicare eligibility age


Nancy Pelosi says she'll stand firm on entitlements. (Evan Vucci /AP)

In an interview with the Plum Line, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) came out strongly against raising the Medicare eligibility age and said that such a proposal was unlikely to be part of  a final "fiscal cliff" deal. 

“I am very much against that, and I think most of my members are,” Pelosi said. “I don’t see any reason why that should be in any agreement.”

While Pelosi is not a major player in the current budget talks, House Republicans will need Democratic votes to pass a deal, so her input does matter.

Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said earlier this week that even if he doesn't agree with them, Medicare reforms are " are on the table."

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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