SeniorJournal.com - Daily News for Senior Citizens

  FRONT PAGE Aging • Health • Alzheimer's - Mental • Nutrition • Medicare & Medicaid Politics  • Fitness  • Social Security • Alerts • Sex Health • Features • Retirement  Elder Care  >Search  >Senior Links

[NavBar.htm]

Senior Journal: Today's News and Information for Senior Citizens & Baby Boomers

More Senior Citizen News and Information Than Any Other Source - SeniorJournal.com

• Go to more on Politics for Senior Citizens or More Senior News on the Front Page

   

E-mail this page to a friend!

Senior Citizen Politics

Medicare ‘Not Just A Seniors’ Issue’ - Pollster Finds

An even more important political issue now than in the past

By Stephanie Stapleton, Capsules – The KHN Blog

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Aug. 8, 2011 - Even though the health insurance program for senior citizens and the disabled survived the initial phase of the debt-ceiling deal without suffering cuts, Medicare is likely to be a target in the next round.

But efforts to change Medicare have traditionally drawn strong opposition, especially from sought-after senior citizen voters.

So, as the 2012 election draws closer, will this conventional wisdom hold true? Or are deficit worries now making changes more palatable? KHN checked in with Democratic pollster Celinda Lake, president of Lake Research Partners, for her take on the current dynamics of Medicare’s public image.

Her bottom line: It is an even more important political issue now than in the past. “It’s not just a seniors’ issue by any matter or means,” she said.

 

Related Stories

 
 

Debt Deal 'Super' Committee's Impact On Health Spending Explained

Q&A: How congressional super committee's deliberations could influence Medicare and Medicaid

Aug. 4, 2011

Health Care Providers Scurry to Prepare for Medicare Budget Cuts to Come with Debt Deal

Social Security and Medicaid exempted from budget cuts - see video below

Aug. 2, 2011

Medicare, Medicaid Appear to Have Escaped Budget Cuts This Round: Health on the Hill

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi leads a rally and news conference to mark the 46th anniversary of the passage of Medicare in Washington Wednesday (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images).KHN Senior Correspondent Mary Agnes Carey has been investigating to understand why

July 28, 2011


Read more on Politics for Senior Citizens

 

The Medicare changes in the budget plan advanced by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., “really elevated it, because it was such a clear distinction” between the Democratic and Republican positions.

”You saw it play out in the N.Y. special [congressional election in May]. And it is the top testing message in congressional races right now,” Lake added.

She’ll be watching how aggressively Democrats rally around protecting Medicare but believes it will be harder for the party “to draw the distinction that many of us believe in” because President Barack Obama talked about Medicare cuts in the context of the budget deal.

“So I think it’s going to depend on how strong a stance Democrats take or whether they muddle it.” Regardless, she adds, “it has the potential to be THE voting issue in 2012.”

And how does the trigger provision — the one that says if the super committee doesn’t come up with a deal, Medicare providers will be cut 2 percent – play?

“Not very well,” she said, “because voters don’t believe it. … Voters really like their doctors. And the older you are, the more you like your doctors.”

Seniors have real concerns about whether their physicians will continue to be able to afford to see Medicare patients. Also, hospitals have been effective in “getting out the message — rightly or wrongly” that their Medicare payments are being cut. “So, we have a remarkable number, frankly, of seniors who will raise that issue,” she added.

When it comes to Medicaid, she sees definite changes. “I don’t know that the voters completely understand it, but one thing we are seeing is that voters think that they or someone in their family has used Medicaid, which was never true before, so that’s amazing.”

Because of the Medicaid funding battles that have played out in many states, a record number of voters, she said, now views it “as a program that helps seniors, helps nursing homes, helps children … so I think people are becoming much more protective of Medicaid.”

Lake’s takeaway message, though, focused on who she sees as the “key voter” in 2012. “It’s gonna be independent women, particularly independent women over 50,” she said. And, “they are very, very adamant about Medicare, and also tend to become the strongest supporters of Medicaid.”

>> Visit the KHN Blog to leave a comment

Some of this information is reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, search the archives and sign up for email delivery. © Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.

 

Financial Relief for Volkswagen Diesel Owners

You may be eligible for money damages if you owned or leased one of these VW, Porsche or Audi vehicles.

In the major scandal of 2015, Volkswagen cheated you and the world. They rigged diesel emission controls so you, nor regulators, would know how much pollution their cars were adding to our environment.

They were caught and have reserved $7.3 billion to help "make it right" with victims.

If you owned or leased one of these vehicles, contact us now.

 Beth Janicek, Board Certified Personal Injury Attorney Janicek Law attorneys are actively pursuing these cases against VW. Do Not Wait...

Janicek Law Firm, PC

Free Consultation

(Call toll free)

1-877-795-3425 or Email

Vehicles Involved

VW Jetta (2009–2015)

VW Jetta SportWagen (2009–2014)

VW Golf (2010-2015)

VW Golf SportWagen (2015)

VW Beetle (2012–2015)

VW Passat (2012-2015)

Audi A3 (2010-2015)

VW Touareg (2009–2016)

Porsche Cayenne (2015)

Audi A6, A7, A8, Q5 Quattro (2016)

 

Search for more about this topic on SeniorJournal.com

Google Web SeniorJournal.com

Click to More Senior News on the Front Page

Copyright: SeniorJournal.com

    

 

Published by New Tech Media - www.NewTechMedia.com

Other New Tech Media sites include CaroleSutherland.com, BethJanicek.com, SASeniors.com, DrugDanger.com, etc.