Bernie Sanders Pushes for Medicare Expansion, Calls it an “Historic” Opportunity

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Senator Bernie Sanders and several other lawmakers sent a letter to President Biden on Sunday urging Biden to expand Medicare benefits. More than a dozen senators, including Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Debbie Stabenow (D- Mich.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), urge Biden to include more provisions in his American Families Plan, such as:

  • Lowering the Medicare age
  • Adding dental, hearing and vision benefits to Medicare
  • Implementing a cap on out-of-pocket expenses in Original Medicare
  • Negotiating lower drug prices for Medicare

The Senators called it an “historic” moment to improve Medicare for the millions of seniors who benefit from it. “We have an historic opportunity to make the most significant expansion of medicare since it was signed into law.” 

A draft of Biden’s American Families Plan is set to be released this Wednesday. The $1.8 trillion plan will include funding for education, child care, and climate change. 

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