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Manchin Questions Medicare Expansion, Backs Cutting Drug Prices

  • West Virginia Democrat says program’s solvency is the priority
  • Sanders has called for adding dental, vision, hearing benefits
Joe Manchin 
Joe Manchin Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg

Senator Joe Manchin said Thursday he doesn’t support expanding Medicare benefits without first addressing the program’s long-term solvency, again putting him at odds with Senator Bernie Sanders and other key liberals as they negotiate President Joe Biden’s economic agenda.

Asked about Democrats’ plans to expand benefits for dental, vision and hearing in the upcoming budget reconciliation bill, the West Virginia Democrat pointed to the program’s long-term financial problems instead.