I do believe that the United States should raise the Medicare eligibility age. It only makes sense that with advancements in the medical field we equal out the average age it was designed for. With people living longer they may reap the rewards of Medicare which in turn provided retirement at an earlier age than physically sensible. Keeping people in the workforce is very important until they can long benefit the nation.
We can not balance the budget on the backs of the middle class and the working poor. Many seniors are already living below the poverty level, raising the eligibility age would only plunge more into that hole. The answer is not to cut social programs. It makes more sense to look at wasteful spending government wide and make cuts there.
As we age, we become more susceptible to the effects of chronic illnesses, age-related infirmities, and heal more poorly when injured. Raising the eligibility age means that when a person finally qualifies for Medicare, all these issues - especially if gone untreated or poorly treated until then - are severely compounded by age, putting an enormous financial burden on the system. Treating people earlier is actually more cost effective.
No, the U.S. should not raise the Medicare eligibility age. The Medicare eligibility age has already been raised. Not too long ago, the Medicare eligibility age was sixty five for everyone. That was changed and has been stair-stepped with the lowest age now being sixty seven years old. As the economy worsens and more people drop out of job searches, raising the Medicare eligibility would be adding further insult to an already over-burdened and disenchanted middle class. Let us not remove all hope from the working class.