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Study Finds Premium Support Plan Could Raise Medicare Premiums In Many Parts of Country

Posted on 10/16/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Jordan Rau, Staff Writer, Kaiser Health News The type of proposal championed by Republicans to overhaul Medicare by giving beneficiaries a fixed amount of money to purchase insurance could lead to significant increases in premium costs in some parts of the country, according to a new study. If the plan had been in place in 2010, six in 10 Medicare beneficiaries — about 25 million people both in traditional Medicare and in private Medicare Advantage plans — would have …

New Poll Shows Significant Age Divide on GOP Medicare Plan

Posted on 09/27/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Jordan Rau of Kaiser Health News The Republican proposal to change Medicare that has been championed by GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan remains unpopular with Americans, although younger people are more receptive to it than older ones, according to a new poll. Only 37 percent say that the program should be changed to a “premium support” system in which the government provides beneficiaries with a fixed amount of money to buy coverage, either from traditional Medicare or private …

Medicare: 3 Important Things the Public Opinion Polls Tell Us

Posted on 08/23/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsMedicare has become a red-hot issue in the 2012 elections, with both sides accusing the other of endangering the program’s future ability to provide health care for older Americans. But three just-released polls cut through the campaign rhetoric and provide insights into what voters are thinking. Here are three key findings: Medicare is really, really important to Americans. A new Associated-Press Roper GfK poll makes clear that Americans are deeply interested in what the candidates have to say about Medicare, …