April 2, 2004 — Support among the seniors who stand to benefit from the unused Medicare prescription law is flagging, agreeing to a modern survey.
The nationwide survey shows that more senior citizens presently contradict the modern Medicare law than back it, a dramatic change from a number of months ago when the larger part of seniors favored the legislation.
The survey, conducted Walk 26-28, 2004, and commissioned by CNN, USA Today, and the Gallup Organization, appears 48% of individuals over age 65 oppose the unused Medicare law, which extends the program to include medicine sedate benefits, and 36% bolster it.
A comparable survey taken final December found the majority of seniors favored the law 46% to 39%.
Americans Doubtful About Unused Medicare Law
Congress barely passed the Medicare prescription charge in November, and President Bush marked the charge into law in December.
When Congress talked about the bill’s medicine drug benefits, the taken a toll of the program was estimated at around $400 billion. But recently, a Medicare official claimed a more reasonable assess is almost $530 billion.
Those charges incited 40% of overview respondents to report that they believe the Bush administration “purposely deceived the American open around the costs of the new Medicare law,” with 46% disagreeing that is the case.
Overall, analysts found that only 35% of grown-ups overviewed believe the modern law will help seniors pay for their drugs, and 20% believe it’ll really hurt seniors. Another 30% said they believe the law will have small impact.
The survey too shows the open bolster for the reexamined Medicare law declines with age. Youthful people matured 18 to 29 favor the law by 46% to 27%, a 19-point edge. But seniors restrict it by a 12-point edge.
The results are based on phone interviews with 1,000 grown-ups across the U.S.