Durbin: White House won't increase Medicare age

Ill. Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin says the eligibility age for Medicare is no longer under consideration by the White House.

WASHINGTON — One of President Barack Obama's Senate allies said Thursday that an increase in the Medicare eligibility age is "no longer one of the items being considered by the White House," in negotiations with top Republicans on avoiding the so-called "fiscal cliff."

But Ill. Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin said he didn't get it directly from the president or the White House. However, he is regularly updated on the negotiations.

Increasing the eligibility age is a key demand by Republicans seeking to curb the costs in popular benefit programs in exchange for higher tax revenues.

Obama and House Speaker John Boehner remain far apart on a potential agreement to avoid a looming fiscal cliff of expiring tax cuts and across-the-board spending cuts.


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