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Poll Highlights Election Concerns of 50+ Voters in Colorado

Americans over the age of 50 consistently show up more often to vote compared to younger voters. (WTF Colorado)
Americans over the age of 50 consistently show up more often to vote compared to younger voters. (WTF Colorado)
October 8, 2018

DENVER – A clear majority of Colorado voters age 50 and over in the state's contested 6th congressional district want lower health care costs, tax credits for family caregivers and for Social Security to be strengthened, according to a new AARP Colorado poll.

The survey is part of AARP's "Be the Difference. Vote" campaign to encourage older Americans to make their voices heard in November's mid-term elections.

Bob Murphy, state director of AARP Colorado, says the results are in sync with concerns he's heard in other districts, and says he hopes candidates will pay attention.

"The broad purpose of this campaign is to encourage the 50-plus to vote, to let the candidates know that they're going to vote and to let the candidates know what issues concern them," he states.

The nonpartisan survey included hot-button issues from recent efforts to roll back the Affordable Care Act.

Three out of four respondents say people with pre-existing conditions should not be denied coverage or have to pay more.

And 81 percent don't think insurance companies should be allowed to charge older people five times more for insurance.

Some proponents of repealing the ACA argue that younger people should not be forced to pay more to subsidize health care for seniors.

Murphy counters that since the insurance industry relies on mathematical formulas, when more people are in the coverage pool, including younger adults, premiums are more steady and ultimately less expensive.

"If that pool of insured solely consists of older people, who are naturally at risk for incurring higher costs, then the premiums are going to be completely unaffordable,” he points out. “That's just the nature of the insurance business."

The survey also found that 87 percent of 50-plus voters want Congress to ensure Medicare continues to cover hospital benefits beyond the year 2029.

And 68 percent are watching candidates' positions on rising prescription drug costs, while 69 percent believe drug companies have a significant influence over members of Congress.

Eric Galatas, Public News Service - CO