Bill Would Allow Medicare Buy-In for Those Aged 50–64

February 15, 2019

A new bill that is viewed by progressives as an incremental but competing step toward Medicare for All would allow anyone ages 50 to 64 to buy into Medicare, including those with employer-provided health benefits.

The program would be separate from traditional Medicare to blunt criticism that it would undermine seniors' care.

Recent polls show 77 percent of the public supports the idea.

Plans to reintroduce a new Medicare for All bill over the next two weeks were also announced by leading proponents of the legislation.  Both bills will be part of the 2020 election debate.

Outlook:  The measure (S.470) has a greater likelihood of moving in the House than a Medicare for All bill, but is unlikely to be considered in the GOP-controlled Senate.