58 Percent of Seniors Fear Their Health-Care Plan Could Be Canceled

by Jim Geraghty

In the 2010 midterms, voters over 65 favored Republicans by a 21-point margin. The 59–38 split of the midterms abated a bit in the presidential year, with seniors preferring Republicans 56–44 in 2012. But perhaps 2014 will be even worse than 2010 for Democrats:

One of the most politically incendiary issues of last fall’s Obamacare launch may turn into a major issue with senior voters in 2014, says The Senior Citizens League, a nonpartisan seniors organization. According to a new poll released today by TSCL, 58 percent of seniors, including those over the age of 65, say that they are worried that their health plan could be canceled to meet new Obamacare requirements, versus 42 percent who said they aren’t.

Most of TSCL’s members and supporters are seniors 65 and older with Medicare coverage. The poll, which was conducted late January to mid February, was designed to test seniors’ perceptions about the confusing new health law. It did not distinguish between seniors 65 and over who are covered by Medicare, and seniors under the age of 65 who are now required to have health insurance under the new healthcare law. The poll simply asked, “Are you worried that your health plan could be canceled to meet new Obamacare requirements?”

A reminder: