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S. 470 (116th): Medicare at 50 Act

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77% of people support lowering the minimum age for Medicare — including 69% of Republicans. Should Medicare be available for people as young as 50, down from the current 65?


Almost all Democrats want to expand access to government-run health care, but whether to swing for the fences or not is dividing the party.

Medicare is one of the most popular government-run programs, providing health care to those aged 65 and older. It’s often deemed a “third rail” issue because politicians of both parties are afraid to touch it, for fear that it would kill their political careers.

Nearly two-thirds of House Democrats last year sponsored a “Medicare for all” bill, but polling indicates the public at large may not show nearly the same level of support. Yet …

Sponsor and status

Debbie Stabenow

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Michigan. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 13, 2019
Length: 17 pages
Feb 13, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on February 13, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


20 Cosponsors (20 Democrats)



Feb 13, 2019

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S. 470 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 470. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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