Medicare at 50 is a bill currently making its way through Congress that would allow anyone over 50 to buy into Medicare. Proponents of the bill want people between the ages of 50 and 65 to be able to purchase a private Medicare health insurance plan and obtain the same tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies as those offered under the Affordable Healthcare Act.
Medicare is a national health insurance program for Americans 65 and older that helps individuals pay for medical care and treatment, including hospitalizations, nursing home care, prescription drugs, and medical supplies and equipment, among others, as they age and retire. Medicare is not free. Seniors pay an annual deductible and are responsible for co-payments and part of their prescription bill.
By and large Americans, of all ages and political denominations, are worried about the availability and affordability of healthcare services. Individuals able to retire are postponing retirement in order to maintain employer sponsored healthcare. Especially if there is a spouse suffering from a chronic illness, the working spouse may need to maintain an employer-sponsored health insurance plan to keep a younger spouse insured.