Older Americans prefer reform proposals that build on the current Medicare program over an all-out overhaul, according to a poll released by the Kaiser Family Foundation. In particular, 63% of Medicare-age respondents said they prefer that the federal government continue running Medicare. Just 19% said they would rather get benefits through private health plans and 17% were unsure. The Bush administration has eased its push for greater private-sector involvement in Medicare, but the participation of private health plans remains a large component of current reform proposals. Regarding a prescription drug benefit, 63% of respondents 65 or older said they would prefer to receive a drug benefit through the federal government to the option of receiving all benefits through private health plans. Some 23% preferred the private-sector model. The remainder were uncertain. Read the Kaiser report. -- by Tony Fong
Medicare-age Americans skeptical of all-out reform
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