Concerning proposal for those considering ER-
Trade-offs in raising Medicare eligibility age - Yahoo! News
Surprised to read that tho Repubs seem to be main ones pushing idea now, polls suggest public views opposing this are similar across party lines. Personally I think the overall "savings" would be relatively small. Saving would NOT be directly related to decreasing # Medicare recipients. Older folks (67 vs 65) have higher ave care cost-per-person so gov't & individual premiums would have to rise to compensate. And if companies keep their common policy of only offering their HI until 65, there could be a big increase in expensive uninsured population (65-66ers). Many of these folks might then end up on gov't-funded HI anyway (Medicaid).
I've long thought a novel solution to help overall Medicare finances might be to allow younger ER's/unemployed (COBRA'ed or post-COBRA) to buy in to Program at graduated premiums. This should lower cost-per-enrollee by bringing in some younger (prob healthier) folks who pay additional $$$ into the system until reaching current 65 eligibility. If this concept is being discussed by politicians I have not seen it.