Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Older Americans More Likely to Support Home Care-Friendly Candidates

The AARP has dubbed the 2008 election as “the 50-plus election,” estimating that voters age 50-plus will turn out in even greater proportions than the 52 percent reported by exit polls during the 2006 elections.

But who are these voters favoring? According to a national telephone survey of 1,000 American adults, Americans age 55 and older are more likely (83 percent) to express support for candidates who support homecare, compared to the 18-to-54 age group (76 percent). Approximately 69 million Americans are 55 or older.

The survey also showed an overwhelming majority (78 percent) of American voters say they would vote for congressional candidates who would strengthen Medicare coverage for power wheelchairs, oxygen devices, hospital beds, and other durable medical equipment and services used in the home.

Is homecare an issue you will consider when casting your vote?

The Biloxi Sun Herald covered this poll; you can read more at http://www.sunherald.com/447/story/330422.html.

Nevada voters concerned with health care and Medicare payments, visit The New York Times.

Poll: Most U.S. adults favor home care http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Health/2008/01/29/poll_most_us_adults_favor_home_care/4386/

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