If you are a regular here you know I am constantly pointing out that three things basic to elder health care are hearing, dental care and vision, none of which are covered by Medicare and only sometimes covered by a private Medicare Advantage plan.
Buying cheaper hearing aids at Costco is no substitute for government health care.
Seniors having to bargain shop their health maintenance should be an embarrassment to a country with this much wealth.
And Bernie agrees.
He wants to include an expansion Medicare expansion in the next phase of the Democrats’ economic recovery plan.
He wants to lower the eligibility age for coverage to either 60 or 55 from the current 65.
And Bernie also wants to ensure Medicare covers dental visits and glasses, among other medical needs.
Sanders wants to include the provision in Democrats’ next budget reconciliation bill.
This can be done with no Republican votes in the Senate split 50-50 by party.
No need to worry about a filibuster.
Sanders has long supported a single-payer “Medicare for All” insurance system and said Medicare should be able to directly negotiate drug prices. He and Biden clashed during the 2020 presidential primary over how aggressively the U.S. should expand insurance coverage. But Biden has adopted a number of progressive concerns as his own.
I like what I’m hearing.
Is Biden listening?