70% of seniors think PPACA will hurt Medicare benefits
March 11, 2011
This week we released results of a survey of 460 seniors 65 and older. The survey shows that 70% of respondents believe the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will reduce their Medicare benefits, despite the fact that the bill does not cut Medicare benefits and instead adds some, including a yearly free checkup and other free preventive care services.
We conducted the survey from December 10-17, 2010. The results are consistent with surveys from other third parties throughout 2010 showing that many Americans, including seniors, have strong opinions about the overall health care bill without knowing what is in the bill and that often contradict how they feel about its individual provisions, including the AP-GfK Poll on health care reform from January 2011; the KFF/Harvard Poll on health care reform from January 2011; and the National Council on Aging on health care reform from July 2010 .
The survey also revealed the following views of seniors on the impact of the health care law:
- 72% expect reductions in their choice of Medicare Advantage or Medigap insurance plans
- 64% expect reductions in their choice of Part D prescription drug plans
- 87% expect increases in the cost of their Medicare insurance premiums
- 84% expect increases in their prescription drug premiums
- 82% expect increases in their out-of-pocket prescription drug expenses.
More detailed survey results are available in the Extend Health Medicare Conference Report for 2010.