“Democrats have spent the past 40 years protecting America’s seniors,” protested Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, as his staff peppered reporters with examples of past Republican votes that Democrats said hurt the elderly. “The other side’s insistence on spreading fear above all else is what will truly hurt our seniors.”
Republican leaders, who for decades have called for scaling back the government-run Medicare health insurance program for the elderly and just this spring proposed eventually ending it, now are arguing that Democrats’ proposed prescriptions for remaking the costly and inefficient U.S. health care system would lead to benefit cuts for the elderly.
An Associated Press-GfK poll conducted this month showed that while the public in general was opposed to Democrats’ health care proposals, seniors were almost twice as likely to be concerned. Opponents of Democrats’ plans outnumbered supporters 49 percent to 34 percent. Among seniors, 59 percent were opposed compared with 31 percent in support
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