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S. 470: 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 77 ...

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)

Introduced on Feb 13, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on February 13, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Feb 13, 2019

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S. 470 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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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.

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