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Medicare should be linked to median (or average) U.S. life expectancy. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this proposition? What do you think would be appropriate?

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Your discussion is 334words and a reference giving both pros and cons of raising the age for medicare and then offers an opinion about which is the stronger argument.

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Raising the age will reduce the cost of the program and increase its stability for those that are eligible. In addition, it will match the benefits closer to higher age requirements for social security. Further, increasing the age will not leave large groups uninsured since now they can get coverage on the exchanges under the new affordability health care law. People are living longer and healthier into their later years than when the program was first created and so the greatest need is not for the younger ages. Medicare is really part of ...

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