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2017 AARP Healthcare Survey

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AARP conducted a survey in eight states, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Nevada, West Virginia, among 50+ likely voters to explore attitudes towards the American Health Care Act and the policies included in this bill.

Key findings include the following:

  • There is little support for the American Health Care Act.  One-third of 50+ likely voters support this bill. In addition, a sizeable number of 50+ likely voters say they do not know whether they support or oppose this bill. 

  • There is strong opposition towards the policies included in the bill. Across political parties, majorities of likely voters age 50+ oppose policies such as charging older Americans five times more for health insurance, charging those with pre-existing conditions more, and reducing funding for Medicare and Medicaid. 

  • Health care is a top priority for 50+ likely voters.  When asked what Congress’ top priority should be, health care was the top issue.  This is significantly more than the number who said the economy/jobs or terrorism/national security. 

These surveys were conducted via telephone among 600 likely voters age 50+ in each of eight states to gauge public opinion on the proposed health care bill and the various policies included in the bill.  The sample utilized an age-targeted registered voter landline and cell phone list.  The data was collected from June 2 through June 13, 2017.  The data was weighted by age, gender, race/ethnicity and geographic region and is generalizable to registered voters age 50+ in the respective state.  For more information contact Laura Skufca at LSkufca@aarp.org

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