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Survey: Boomers Worry About Medicare’s Future, Want More Details From Candidates

By Ankita Rao

August 9th, 2012, 2:01 PM

A new AARP survey suggests that baby boomers aren’t confident they can retire as planned – or that they will have access to Medicare when they do.

The organization asked registered voters, including an oversample of people age 50-plus, about their five top financial concerns to measure what they call an “Anxiety Index.” Health expenses ranked fourth on the list of concerns after rising prices, taxes and financial security in retirement.

While 95 percent of the voters age 50 plus said Medicare was critical to maintaining senior health, only 41 percent of this group said they were somewhat or very confident that it would exist for them and future generations upon retirement.

Sixty-three percent of voters 50 or older said presidential candidates haven’t adequately explained their plans for reforming Medicare – a plan that 91 percent agreed would require cooperation between Republicans and Democrats.

The poll, conducted by Hart Research Associates and GS Strategy Group for AARP, surveyed 1,852 registered voters, including an oversample of 1,331 age 50-plus, between July 10-16. The poll has a margin of error of +/-3.1 percentage points for the overall sample and +/- 2.7 percentage points for the sample of voters age 50 and older.

The survey was featured as part of AARP’s “You’ve Earned a Say” campaign, an effort to “protect and strengthen” both Medicare and Social Security.  As part of this campaign, the group began airing TV spots last month.  The ads don’t contain an explicit political message, but they make it clear that the group intends to be active during the campaign season.

Watch the AARP television ad below.

5 Responses to “Survey: Boomers Worry About Medicare’s Future, Want More Details From Candidates”

  1. lucky7 says:

    “Sixty-three percent of voters 50 or older said presidential candidates haven’t adequately explained their plans for reforming Medicare – a plan that 91 percent agreed would require cooperation between Republicans and Democrats.”

    In case you were sleeping since 2010, President Obama and Democrats passed and enacted the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that was recently affirmed by the Supreme Court as legal and constitutional. The ACA is an exact copy of the plan Governor Romney passed and enacted in Massachusetts and it’s an exact copy that the ultra right-wing Heritage Foundation proposed in the late 1980′s. The ACA is a Republican idea that was embraced by Democrats and now, since a black man is getting credit, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner are flip-flopping and rejecting it. The ACA is the Democratic plan to make Medicare solvent.

    The only “successful” plan Republicans have ever come up with is Romneycare and they have since rejected it because the Tea Party thinks it’s too much like European health care. With Romneycare on their list of bad ideas, Republicans have one thing left. They want to end traditional Medicare, make it a private system and hand it over to Wall Street. In a nutshell, Republicans think Wall Street can handle Medicare better than the federal government.

    Bottom line…

    Democrats say, Medicare is not to blame. Democrats say, Medicare works! Democrats say, the real blame is that costs are skyrocketing out of control for the “entire” health care system, which includes Medicare. Democrats say ending Medicare does not fix the real problem which is skyrocketing costs that are hurting all Americans, not just seniors.

    Republicans say Medicare is the real problem. Republicans say if we end traditional Medicare, we will solve all of our health care problems.

    QUESTION: Who do you believe?

  2. john silva says:

    I agree with the democrats and the president, medicare must be protected at all cost.
    I dont know how the republicans can believe we should trust wall street for our healthcare they are only interested in profits not people

  3. saveoursecurity says:

    If Governor Romney has any character he will choose Paul Ryan to be his vice presidential candidate. This will clarify the stark differences between the president’s policy of protecting and expanding Medicare and the Romney/Ryan policy of ending Medicare as we’ve known it.

  4. patty says:

    Medicare will bankrupt America. There’s only one VP candidate with any vision. It’s Paul Ryan. Mitt Romney needs to choose Paul Ryan as his running mate. Paul Ryan has called for an end to traditional Medicare and it’s about time! It’s time to privatize Medicare and turn it over to Wall Street. Our health care system is a business. It needs to be run by businessmen. The federal government does not know how to run a business. Wall Street does! Some people say our health care system is in such trouble because of skyrocketing costs and because of insurance company greed. That’s not true. Our health care system is in trouble because of Medicare. If we want to save the entire health care system in America, we need to dump Medicare. It’s time to end Medicare!

  5. Stephen J says:

    @ Patty

    You can expect to see alot more of this type of care delivered to you or your family if Wall Street runs the Healtcare System.