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  • 1. Research Findings on SCHIP Funding Alternatives National Poll of Seniors July, 2007
  • 2. The Feldman Group, Inc. – July 2007 Slide 2 Methodology Survey of Seniors: A survey of likely 2008 voters age 65 and over. Survey conducted July 26th – July 30th. Sample Size: 603 Margin of Error: ±4.0%
  • 3. The Feldman Group, Inc. – July 2007 Slide 3 Outline POLITICAL CONTEXT MEDICARE ADVANTAGE CIGARETTE TAX
  • 4. The Feldman Group, Inc. – July 2007 Slide 4 Outline POLITICAL CONTEXT MEDICARE ADVANTAGE CIGARETTE TAX
  • 5. The Feldman Group, Inc. – July 2007 Slide 5 Medicare remains the third rail of politics. Strongly Moderately Question: One proposal currently in front of Congress would cut funding to Favor 9 Medicare to pay for the increase in funding for children’s health insurance. Do you favor or oppose cutting Medicare to fund children’s health insurance? Do you feel that way strongly or Oppose 61 16 77 moderately? 0 20 40 60 80
  • 6. The Feldman Group, Inc. – July 2007 Slide 6 Nearly two-thirds of all seniors would be less likely to vote for their congressman if he or she voted to cut funding for Medicare. Much Somewhat Question: More If your congressman voted to cut Likely 8 funding to Medicare to pay for fifty billion dollars in funding for children’s health insurance, would you be more or less likely to vote for him or her in 2008? No Diff 5 Is that much (MORE/LESS) likely or somewhat (MORE/LESS) likely? Less Likely 47 16 63 0 20 40 60
  • 7. The Feldman Group, Inc. – July 2007 Slide 7 Outline POLITICAL CONTEXT MEDICARE ADVANTAGE CIGARETTE TAX
  • 8. The Feldman Group, Inc. – July 2007 Slide 8 Only 40 percent of seniors have heard of Medicare Advantage, while 53 percent have not heard of the program. Heard of Medicare Advantage 40 Have not heard of Medicare Advantage 7 Unsure/refuse 53
  • 9. The Feldman Group, Inc. – July 2007 Slide 9 Seniors heard a balanced description of Medicare Advantage. Question: The part of Medicare that some people have proposed cutting is Medicare Advantage, a part of Medicare that is administered by private health insurance companies. Medicare Advantage plans often have lower out-of-pocket costs for seniors. Medicare Advantage plans cover more services than traditional Medicare, often including vision, dental, and hearing benefits, as well as prescription drug coverage and better preventative care. Medicare Advantage costs the federal government 12 percent more than traditional Medicare, meaning all of the other Medicare recipients pay about $2 more per month to cover these costs. Medicare Advantage is administered by private health insurance companies, leading to bigger profits for health insurance companies. Do you favor or oppose cutting Medicare Advantage to fund children’s health insurance programs?
  • 10. The Feldman Group, Inc. – July 2007 Slide 10 After hearing a balanced description, seniors opposed cutting Medicare Advantage to fund children’s health insurance. Strongly Moderately Medicare Advantage Enrollees Non MA Enrollees Favor 4 10 14 13 16 29 Oppose 49 12 61 28 12 40 0 20 40 60 80 0 20 40 60 80
  • 11. The Feldman Group, Inc. – July 2007 Slide 11 After hearing a balanced description of Medicare Advantage, seniors say they would be less likely to support a member of Congress who voted to cut Medicare Advantage in order to fund children’s health insurance. Much Somewhat Medicare Advantage Enrollees Non MA Enrollees More Likely 8 12 20 12 14 26 No Diff 5 8 Less 39 18 57 24 14 38 Likely 0 20 40 60 0 20 40 60
  • 12. The Feldman Group, Inc. – July 2007 Slide 12 Subgroups • Union Members: – Twenty-nine (29) percent of seniors identify as either current or former union members. • AARP Members: – Fifty-seven (57) percent of seniors say they are members of AARP. • Low Income Voters: – Twenty-seven (27) percent of seniors say their household income is less than $25,000 per year.
  • 13. The Feldman Group, Inc. – July 2007 After hearing a balanced description of Medicare Advantage, union Slide 13 members say they would be less likely to support a member of Congress who voted to cut Medicare Advantage in order to fund children’s health insurance. All Seniors Union Members More Likely 11 13 24 12 11 23 No Diff 8 7 Less 27 15 42 29 15 44 Likely 0 20 40 60 0 20 40 60
  • 14. The Feldman Group, Inc. – July 2007 After hearing a balanced description of Medicare Advantage, AARP Slide 14 members say they would be less likely to support a member of Congress who voted to cut Medicare Advantage in order to fund children’s health insurance. All Seniors AARP Members More Likely 11 13 24 9 15 24 No Diff 8 8 Less 27 15 42 28 16 44 Likely 0 20 40 60 0 20 40 60
  • 15. The Feldman Group, Inc. – July 2007 Slide 15 After hearing a balanced description of Medicare Advantage, low income seniors say they would be less likely to support a member of Congress who voted to cut Medicare Advantage in order to fund children’s health insurance. All Seniors Income of Less than $25,000 More 11 13 24 13 13 26 Likely No Diff 8 2 Less 27 15 42 29 13 42 Likely 0 20 40 60 0 20 40 60
  • 16. The Feldman Group, Inc. – July 2007 Slide 16 Outline POLITICAL CONTEXT MEDICARE ADVANTAGE CIGARETTE TAX
  • 17. The Feldman Group, Inc. – July 2007 Slide 17 Over three-quarters of all seniors favor increasing the cigarette tax to fund children’s health insurance. Strongly Moderately Question: Another proposal currently in front Favor of Congress would raise the tax on 66 10 76 cigarettes to pay for the increase in funding for children’s health insurance. Do you favor or oppose raising the tax on cigarettes to fund children’s health insurance programs? Do you feel that way strongly or Oppose 16 3 19 moderately? 0 20 40 60 80
  • 18. The Feldman Group, Inc. – July 2007 Slide 18 In order to fund SCHIP, nearly three-quarters of seniors would prefer raising the cigarette tax instead of cutting Medicare Advantage. Strongly Moderately Question: Increase In order to fund children’s health Cig Tax 63 11 74 insurance programs, would you rather your congressman voted to: (ROTATE) Increase the cigarette tax by Neither 12 sixty-one cents to one dollar per pack OR Cut funding to Medicare Cut Advantage? Med Adv 5 Do you feel that way strongly or moderately? 0 20 40 60 80
  • 19. Roy Temple Principal The Feldman Group, Inc. Roy@thefeldmangroup.com 202-547-3000 July, 2007

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