‘Medicare at 55’ Now on Dianne Feinstein’s Agenda

In the past month, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein has thrown her support behind two liberal health care bills. Shortly thereafter, her re-election campaign began airing a statewide ad touting her embrace of the policies promoted by the two bills she co-sponsored.

“I believe in universal health care, in a public health option to compete with private insurance companies and expanding Medicare to everyone over 55,” Feinstein says in the ad, part of an attempt to push back against her leading 2018 opponent, state Sen. Kevin de León, who has made his support of a single-payer health care program a central plank of his campaign.

Feinstein aides said the timing of the ad and the support for the two bills is unrelated, pointing out the legislation is an extension of the types of health care policies she’s been advocating for more than a decade.