Voters strongly support private health plan options for Medicare, according to a public opinion poll released today by the Galen Institute. Last week, a Kaiser Family Foundation poll found similar results among the general population, though among seniors 63% preferred having the federal government administer Medicare benefits. According to the Galen poll, 82% of all voters and 67% of seniors want the option of picking a private health plan in the Medicare program. On the drug benefits package being debated in the Senate, 74% of seniors with drug coverage said it would not be better than what they already have. Of seniors without drug coverage, 43% said they likely would buy the new policy being put forth by the Senate, while 52% said they wouldn't. The remaining 5% said they didn't know. Galen is a conservative healthcare policy research group. -- by Tony Fong
Voters favor private health plans: poll
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