Americans Support Means Testing Medicare, Don’t Know It’s Already In Place

According to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey, most Americans support having wealthier seniors pay more for Medicare premiums to reduce the deficit, even as most people appear unaware that some beneficiaries are already paying more for their care. Overall, 54 percent of respondents supported the proposal, including about 60 percent of seniors, 58 percent of Democrats, and 57 percent of independents. Most respondents believed that seniors making $150,000 or more qualified as “high income” seniors who should be asked to pay more. The survey also found that 86 percent were unaware that Medicare already requires seniors making at least $85,000 a year to pay more in Medicare premiums. Respondents split on whether that qualified as a “high income” level depending on how the question was asked.

-Zachary Bernstein