Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Most Americans Want the Deficit Reduced Without Touching Medicare

The American public wants the White House and Congress to reduce the deficit — but not by cutting Medicare, reports Kaiser Health News. A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) reveals more than half of Americans (58 percent) want to leave Medicare alone in deficit reduction talks. Seventy-five percent of those polled believe it’s possible to decrease the deficit without cutting the program. If the program must be cut, 68 percent favor “requiring drug companies to give the federal government a better deal on medication for low-income people on Medicare.” Very few (13 percent) support requiring all seniors to pay higher Medicare premiums, and just over half (51 percent) oppose raising the eligibility age from 65 years to 67 years — a proposal President Obama said he also opposes. Read more poll findings at KFF.

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