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Health Care Reform in California: A Survey of AARP Members

AARP Member Opinion Research

At the time of this report, there were only three weeks remaining in California's 2007 legislative session. Health care reform proposals developed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and state legislative leaders were awaiting action by the Legislature. Both proposals would increase access to health care coverage and the quality of care.

This August 2007 AARP survey of California members shows that making health care affordable and accessible for all Californians is their top legislative priority.

Of those surveyed...

  • 65 percent strongly agree that all Californians should have access to quality, affordable health care
  • 54 percent say affording their health care expenses can be a problem with 20 percent of them calling it a major problem
  • 65 percent believe it is important for the governor and State Legislature to pass a health care reform bill this year

This telephone survey of 802 California AARP members was conducted for AARP by Alan Newman Research from August 19th through 23rd, 2007. Further information about the survey may be obtained by contacting the report's co-author, Joanne Binette, at 202-434-6303. (15 pages)

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