Polling on Raising the Age of Medicare Eligibility: Historic Trends and Current Nuances

With  Medicare spending expected to rise as a share of the federal budget and the nation’s economy, policymakers are challenged to find ways to reduce the future growth in Medicare spending, while preserving the quality and affordability of care, and assuring fair payments to plans and providers. …

Given the recent debate over raising the age of Medicare eligibility, it is useful to understand public opinion on the issue. This Data Note analyzes KFF’s historic trends and gives a current snapshot of public opinion on the proposal, with a special focus on how views differ by age, and the partisan divide that pervades public opinion on healthcare. The analysis then investigates how different arguments sway views on raising the age of Medicare eligibility in order to better understand the nuances of public opinion. [cont. – PDF]

Kaiser Family Foundation