Seventy percent of Americans want Medicare to remain in its current form
, according to a new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Seven in 10 respondents, including 53 percent of Republicans, said they wanted Medicare to continue “as it is today, with the government guaranteeing senior health insurance and making sure that everyone gets the same defined set of benefits.”
The results were released by Congressman Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas shortly after Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives released a budget that would drastically change the program.
"We must continue to provide this safety net and ensure the Medicare guarantee stays intact for our seniors
, our most vulnerable population and those who live on a fixed income," Congressman Reyes said. "I denounce the Republican plan being spearheaded in the House of Representatives by Congressman Paul Ryan, chair of the House Budget Committee, that would end Medicare as we know it. Rest assured, I will continue to fight against any changes that would undermine Medicare, Social Security
, and Medicaid and ensure all who deserve it have access to it."
Just one-quarter of respondents and 39 percent of Republicans favored changing Medicare to a premium support model, even if it included an option to buy traditional fee-for-service, the survey said.
Earlier this week, Medicare Chief Actuary Rick Foster warned that the House Republican budget plan would result in increased costs for seniors.