Poll: Public strongly supports Medicare, opposes cuts

Share this article:
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Medicare spending should not be cut to reduce the national deficit, according to the majority of respondents ina recent national poll from the Harvard School of Public Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

About two-thirds of poll respondents said they favor quick governmental action to reduce the deficit. However, more than 70% said this could be achieved without drastic Medicare cuts. Eighty-five percent said they oppose across-the-board Medicare premium increases. The same percentage said they would support legislation to push drug companies to lower the costs of medications for seniors, which would also save the Medicare program money.

The Medicare program is working well, according to 60% of total respondents and 80% of seniors.

Just over half of respondents registered opposition to raising the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67, as Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) proposed as part of a Medicare/Medicaid reform plan issued Jan. 25, the same day the poll was released. Critics argue premiums will rise if less costly younger beneficiaries are cut from the program. Some long-term care operators say cost cutting should focus on better integration of care.

Fewer respondents – 46% – indicated opposition to any Medicaid cuts. Asked if their state should expand Medicaid under an optional provision of the Affordable Care Act, 52% said yes and 42% said no.

Share this article:

More in News

Expert says providers often wrongly threatened by PEPPER reports

Instead of fearing further scrutiny by federal authorities, providers should embrace the opportunity to get feedback in the form of PEPPER reports, legal experts said Monday at the LeadingAge annual meeting in Nashville.

Healthcare reform already driving diverse, dynamic long-term care models, LeadingAge leaders say

Healthcare reform already driving diverse, dynamic long-term care ...

One way to gauge the effects is healthcare reform is by looking at ongoing changes to the continuing care retirement community model, LeadingAge officials said Monday at the association's annual ...

Federal court: Nursing home can be sued for firing hairdresser who can ...

Is the ability to transport residents in their wheelchairs an essential function of a nursing home hairdresser? A federal appeals court says it's a valid question and is allowing a hairdresser to sue a facility that fired her.