Let’s Not Raise The Medicare Retirement Age

Nick Kristof telling tales of hard times in Oregon:

My next neighbor beyond the Maggards is Elmer McKoon, 64, who used to work full time in construction, and more recently as a janitor. His company slashed the staff in 2008, but a kind boss kept Elmer working one night a week so he could keep his health insurance.

This is one of the reasons I’m quite glad Eric Cantor scuttled President Obama’s hopes for a “grand bargain” that would have involved further delaying eligibility for Medicare benefits. What’s a 64 year-old who loses a job when hit by some combination of recession and sectoral shift supposed to do for health care? People in their mid-60s are not going to be at the front of anyone’s list of awesome candidates for retraining.