Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Medicare a Higher Concern Than Health Reform Among Republicans

The newest Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) poll reveals Republicans are more concerned about Medicare than the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Seventy-three percent of respondents told KFF a candidate’s position on Medicare is extremely or very important to their vote, compared with 59 percent for the PPACA.

Furthermore, when asked whether they prefer Medicare to remain as it is or to change “to a system in which the government guarantees each senior a fixed amount of money to help them purchase coverage either from traditional Medicare or from a list of private health plans,” 55 percent of Republicans chose the status quo, and 39 percent chose the latter option. Still, Republicans remain intensely opposed to health reform – 66 percent hold a very unfavorable opinion of the law. Read the full tracking poll at KFF.

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