Poll: Medicare is the election issue that worries caregivers the most; RLG attorney Laura Bianchi says Medicare, aging at top of voters list of concerns


AgingCare.com surveyed caregivers to uncover which issues in the upcoming presidential election matter most to people who take care of their aging parents. Nearly 600 caregivers replied to the online poll question: Which election issue do you think will affect caregivers most? More than 31% of caregivers said the issue of Medicare is top of mind for them. Vying for a close second, caregivers said health care reform (28.32%) and the economy (26.94%) would affect caregivers most.

How to restructure Medicare for long-term viability has been a major point of contention between Republicans and Democrats. The flailing system and how to fix it has caregivers divided too.

AgingCare.com, a website dedicated to providing practical advice, dependable information, and support to its audience of family caregivers, has become a hub where caregivers exchange ideas, share conversations and debate issues that impact their lives and the lives of their elderly parents. With the 2012 presidential election top-of-mind for Americans, the Medicare issue has become a heated debate on the AgingCare.com forum, where caregivers are responding to the forum question “Will the debate over Medicare sway your vote in the 2012 election?”

Statement by Laura Bianchi, Chair of RLG’s Estate Planning/Asset Protection Department:

“The failing Medicare system, combined with the astronomical cost of aging and elder care, has certainly pushed this issue to the top of many American’s list of priorities when considering whom to vote for in the upcoming election.”


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