The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is out with a new report on the societal impacts of raising the Medicare Age from age 65 to age 67. Basically, the report says that raising the age would increase the number of people who are uninsured and negatively impact the amount people pay for outside insurance as well the quality of coverage many people may have.
You can read the Talking Points Memo article by Sahil Kapur here: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/01/cbo-raising-medicare-age-will-lead-to-more-uninsured-with-reduced-access-to-care.php. Kapur also has a link to reading the entire CBO report. As soon as I've had a chance to digest the full report, I will have more comments. In the meantime, happy reading!
Followers of last year's debt reduction debate may recall that President Obama had privately offered to put the Medicare Age increase on the table but seems to have subsequently dropped it. It died a quick death along with the discussions between John Boehner and President Obama last summer. Probably not a bad thing.