NAPLES, Fla., March 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The dizzying twists and turns of the 2016 primary season are enough to give any voter whiplash. Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, it is important to understand where candidates stand on the issues that matter most, including health care. This issue affects every American, but future changes will have a significant impact on caregivers, seniors and those nearing retirement.
AgingCare.com conducted the "Health Care and the 2016 Presidential Election Survey," asking caregivers about candidate preference based on their plans for the American health care system. Of 1,500 caregivers, just over one-third (34%) favor Hillary Clinton's proposed health care policies. Donald Trump trailed in second place (26%) and Bernie Sanders came through as a close third (24%).
At stake this presidential election are changes to Medicare and Social Security, the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), competing proposals for lowering the cost of prescription drugs, and the sale of health insurance across state lines.
The survey addressed these issues by asking respondents to select three health care concerns they believe the next president should focus on most. The list of issues included repealing the ACA, continuing the ACA, Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans care, prescription drug programs, coverage for pre-existing conditions, Alzheimer's disease, implementation of electronic medical records, and quelling the rising costs of health care.
Forty-two percent of respondents feel that addressing health care costs should be a top priority for the next president, and 35 percent are concerned about the future of Medicare.
Furthermore, there is a considerable divide amongst caregivers regarding the fate of the ACA. Just under one-third (32%) of participants feel that it should be continued or improved, and 28% believe that the next president should repeal it altogether. Improving care for United States veterans (23.57%) and creating programs for more affordable prescription drugs (21.97%) are also important goals for respondents.
Candidates' Health Care Plans
Since seniors and family caregivers have so much at stake in the upcoming election, AgingCare.com has created a tool to assist them in making sense of these divisive issues. This objective guide compares each candidate's stances on key health care topics based on their statements to the press and in debates, as well as public information on their campaign websites. It is our hope that neutral information on these crucial matters will help caregivers and seniors make confident long-term decisions for themselves and their country.
AgingCare.com is the leading resource for family caregivers who are seeking trusted information, one-on-one support, and practical answers to real-life questions. Our community consists of elder care experts, medical professionals and family caregivers who gather to share their experiences and expertise on all topics related to senior care. Our mission is to help families plan for and navigate the care of an aging parent, spouse or other loved one. For more information, visit www.AgingCare.com.
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