Despite the ongoing push in Washington for a deficit reduction plan that includes healthcare entitlement programs, the public is not convinced that those programs need cutting, according to a poll.
Entitlement cuts opposed: Kaiser poll
The May Kaiser Health Tracking Poll found majority opposition to including any Medicare or Medicaid cuts in a plan to reduce the recent and expected historic annual federal budget deficits. The poll of a nationally representative sample of 1,203 people conducted May 12-17 found 59% oppose including cuts to Medicare and 53% opposed including cuts to Medicaid in any deficit reduction deal.
All of the leading deficit reduction proposals include some type of cut to either or both programs, which are two of the three largest entitlement programs and cost the federal government a combined $735 billion in 2010.
The poll authors highlighted the unexpectedly strong opposition to any cuts in Medicaid, which are proposed in several deficit reduction plans.
“The big surprise in this month's tracking poll is that one group who does not want to cut Medicaid is the American people,” Drew Altman, president and CEO of Kaiser, said in a written statement.
“The big surprise in this month's tracking poll is that one group who does not want to cut Medicaid is the American people,” Drew Altman, president and CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation, said in a written statement.
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