According to an article from Reuters and based on data from a new poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation …

  • 87% of Americans now believe that Medicare should have the authority to negotiate with drug-makers for lower prices on medications

Of course CMS is currently prohibited by law from negotiating on prices with the pharmaceutical industry, but if I was a senior pharmaceutical industry executive I would be a little worried that public perception had reached a level as high as this. Sometimes politicians do really feel they need to listen to “the people” as opposed to the Washington lobbyists.

The KFF poll also found that:

  • 70% believed that Medicare should continue to ensure all seniors get the same defined set of benefits.
  • 54% were worried that Medicare will not be able to provide the same level of benefits to future enrollees.
  • 68% thought that changes are needed to keep Medicare sustainable for the future.

The poll was conducted between April 23 and May 31 this year among a nationally representative random digit dial telephone sample of 1,849 adults, including over-samples of people aged 55-64 (n = 395), people 65 or older (n = 512), and people who report currently having Medicaid coverage (n = 391). Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish by land line (n = 748) and cell phone (n = 1,101).

About Mike Scott

Mike Scott is a highly experienced health care communications strategist with Calcium. He is also a board member of three different patient advocacy organizations. To get more detail, see his profile on LinkedIn.

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