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Voters Want Presidential Candidates to Address Long-Term Care
Close to 80 percent of voters in a national survey want to see long-term care included in the health care proposals offered by the presidential candidates, and more than 80 percent said that positions on long-term care funding will be an important factor in deciding whom to vote for in the 2008 election.
According to the new bi-partisan national survey conducted by Public Opinion Strategies and The Mellman Group, nearly seven in ten Americans have not made any plans for their own, a spouse's or another relative's long-term care needs. Yet over half those surveyed have had a loved one who needed some form of long-term care.
The poll also found that Americans are willing to bear part of the responsibility to develop a national long-term care program, whether through tax incentives for the purchase of private long-term care insurance or through a universal healthcare initiative that includes long-term care coverage. Sixty percent of voters surveyed supported new taxes or payroll deductions to subsidize a long-term care program, and 68 percent of those who supported new taxes or payroll deductions indicated a willingness to pay up to about $50 a month.
The poll was unveiled during the 2007 National Long Term Care Symposium, a national gathering of health care experts convened October 11 by Genworth Financial, a leading long-term care insurer. Genworth also released a new book, "The Future of Long Term Care in America: Views and Recommendations by Prominent Experts," at the symposium.
For a press release on the poll and Symposium, click here.