Human Exceptionalism

Obamacare: Seniors Know They Will Not Be Better Off

A recent Gallup Poll found that only 20% of seniors think that Obamacare will improve their health situations. From the story:

“We are not talking about cutting Medicare benefits,” Obama said, trying to assuage the audience. But Obama is talking about finding hundreds of billions in savings from Medicare — cuts supporters say will trim fat from the program — including slashing $156 billion in subsidies to Medicare Advantage, a privately-administered Medicare program…

A July 31 Gallup poll found that just 20 percent of Americans aged 65 and older believe health care reform would improve their own situation, noticeably lower than the 27 percent of 18- to 49-year olds and 26 percent of 50 to 64-year olds who say the same.

My only question is: What’s up with that 20%? The cuts to the already strained Medicare budget are sure to impact the quality of care they receive, the president’s closest advisers on health care see seniors as the problem and cost cutting as the answer, and the scent of rationing is in the air.  I mean, what does it take to learn that someone isn’t on your side?