Voters oppose Medicare cuts to nursing homes, study finds

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A newly released poll from Zogby International shows that 63% of respondents oppose President Bush's proposed nursing home Medicare cuts.

Also, 61% of those surveyed would be less likely to vote to re-elect their representative in Congress if he or she voted for the president's plan containing Medicare reductions. Bush's proposed budget would slash $24 billion to the nursing home benefit over five years. Zogby conducted the poll for the American Health Care Association, a major lobbying group for the nursing home industry.

Other results of the poll: 50% of respondents say that any nursing home benefit cuts would have "a negative impact on the quality of care for seniors" and 73% say they would support a presidential candidate who will not reduce Medicare funding for nursing homes.