SAN MATEO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The day after the bipartisan Congressional Supercommittee announced that it will not deliver a debt reduction plan in time to meet its deadline of November 23rd, a survey of 396 seniors on Medicare revealed that 61%1 would support tax increases if it meant fewer cuts to Medicare. In addition, while 54% of respondents said that the Supercommittee’s failure to reach agreement benefits them personally because it spares Medicare, 61% said it would be better for the country and 65% said it would be better for their children if the Supercommittee had succeeded.
The Supercommittee’s failure to deliver a plan could trigger $1.2 trillion in automatic across-the-board spending cuts in defense and non-defense spending. However, Social Security and Medicare are exempt from the automatic cuts.
The survey was fielded over 24 hours from November 19-20 2011 by Extend Health, Inc., which operates the nation’s largest private Medicare exchange.
Questions and detailed results from the Supercommittee debt reduction survey are as follows:
Would you support tax increases if it meant that Medicare would be cut less?
Which outcome do you think would be better for the country?
|The Supercommittee meets its deadline||61.1%|
|The Supercommittee does not meet its deadline||38.9%|
Which outcome do you think would be better for you personally?
|The Supercommittee meets its deadline||45.6%|
|The Supercommittee does not meet its deadline||54.4%|
Which outcome do you think would be better for your children?
|The Supercommittee meets its deadline||64.6%|
|The Supercommittee does not meet its deadline||35.4%|
Extend Health has helped more than 380,000 seniors compare and choose the private Medicare plans that meets their needs and budgets. Extend Health is the only place seniors can compare more than 3,500 plans from more than 70 carriers side by side and find a plan that best meets their needs. Licensed benefit advisors are available to help seniors evaluate their Medicare coverage and explore new options quickly and easily.
About Extend Health:
Extend Health, Inc., founded in 2004, operates the largest private Medicare exchange in the country. For more information, visit Extend Health on the web at http://www.extendhealth.com.
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1 For top line reporting purposes, Extend Health, Inc. rounds percentages up or down as appropriate.