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Seniors see negatives for Medicare in health care law

A new poll out Thursday from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that senior citizens remain more negative than younger adults toward the health care overhaul passed earlier this year and are more apt to say that the bill will have a negative effect on Medicare and those in their age group.

The poll, conducted July 8-13, finds unfavorable views of the new law easing among all adults, dropping from 41 percent in June to 35 percent in the new survey, though with deeply unfavorable views holding steady at 25 percent.

Seniors have long been more negative than younger adults toward the changes, and the new poll takes a deeper look at the reasons behind their opposition to the bill. A majority (52 percent) of seniors describe themselves as "disappointed" about the bill; 45 percent say they are "confused" by it and 42 percent are "anxious."

The poll suggests that older Americans' negative feelings about the bill may rest on perceptions that it will make it more difficult and expensive for those on Medicare to access health care. More than three-quarters of those age 65 and over who hold negative views of the new law say it will weaken the Medicare system and its financial backing, make it harder for those on Medicare to find a doctor who is willing to see them or to get needed health care, and increase out of pocket costs for seniors.

Among all seniors, nearly half (48 percent) say the new law will make those age 65 or over in general worse off, but fewer (35 percent) think it will negatively impact themselves or their families.

The survey includes interviews with 1,504 randomly selected adults, including 406 age 65 or over. The margin of sampling error for results from the full survey is plus or minus three percentage points, it is four points for senior citizens.

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  July 29, 2010; 11:57 AM ET
Categories:  Health care  
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If California pays the bailout money taken from Social Security and Medicare the Senior Citizens will be better off.
Obama preferred to raise the salaries to the Union fill Federal Government than increase the Social Security.


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Ignorance enter by the side doors,Wisdom enter by the front door.
Sickness enter by the side doors, Health enter by the front door.
Illiterates enter by the side doors, Literates enter by the front door.
Diseases enter by the side door, Healthiness enter by the front door.
Illegality enter by the side door, Legality enter by the Front Door.
Violence enter by the side door, Peace enter by the Front Door.
Dishonesty enter by the side door, Honesty enter by the Front Door

Posted by: theforce5 | July 30, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

If California pays the bailout money taken from Social Security and Medicare the Senior Citizens will be better off.
Obama preferred to raise the salaries to the Union fill Federal Government than increase the Social Security.


Ignorance enter by the side doors,Wisdom enter by the front door.Sickness enter by the side doors, Health enter by the front door.Illiterates enter by the side doors, Literates enter by the front door.Diseases enter by the side door, Healthiness enter by the front door.Illegality enter by the side ... more
Ignorance enter by the side doors,Wisdom enter by the front door.
Sickness enter by the side doors, Health enter by the front door.
Illiterates enter by the side doors, Literates enter by the front door.
Diseases enter by the side door, Healthiness enter by the front door.
Illegality enter by the side door, Legality enter by the Front Door.
Violence enter by the side door, Peace enter by the Front Door.
Dishonesty enter by the side door, Honesty enter by the Front Door

Posted by: theforce5 | July 30, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse


Texas Democrats who voted "yes" in support of Obama's Health Care should be REMOVED from office in the next election. We can't afford you. As Obama Democrats like to say "This is good for the people whether they like it or not."



Henry Cuellar, Laredo, Texas,
Lloyd Doggett, Austin, Texas
Al Green, Houston, Texas
Gene Green, Houston, Texas
Charlie Gonzalez, San Antonio, Texas.
Rubén Hinojosa, Edinburg, Texas
Shela Jackson-Lee, Houston, Texas
Eddie Bernice Johnson, Dallas, Texas.
Solomon P. Ortiz, Corpus Christi, Texas
Silvestre Reyes, El Paso, Texas
Ciro D. Rodriguez, Del Rio / Pecos, Texas.

Posted by: Soapbox310 | August 4, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Seniors use more medical care than any other age group and they got lied to, screwed and tattooed. They won't really find out how bad until Obamacare takes effect.

Seniors will find out it was one big game of Three-card Monte - now you see it - now you don't. Congress spent a whole year on this abomination. This is like a Batman movie with Pelosi playing the Joker.

Posted by: alance | August 5, 2010 1:11 AM | Report abuse

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