Poll: Seniors Prefer GOP Prescription Drug Plan

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:26 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - A new Zogby opinion poll indicates that voters overwhelmingly prefer a Republican prescription drug plan to the one proposed by President Clinton.

In fact, the GOP plan, recently introduced by Senators Bob Smith (R-NH) and Wayne Allard (R-CO), garnered 40 percent more support from those polled than did President Clinton's plan.

The Republicans have proposed a voluntary prescription-drug benefit plan that would begin next year and would cover 50 percent of up to $5000 in drug prescriptions each year. There would be no increase in the Medicare premium, and no cost to the Medicare Trust Fund. All hospital, doctor and prescription drug costs would count toward the $675 deductible.

According to the Zogby poll, 68.2 percent of the 975 senior citizens and Independent voters contacted supported the Republican plan, while 18.8 percent opposed it.

In contrast, total support for the Clinton proposal was 27.6 percent, while opposition measured 59.3 percent.

The Clinton plan would begin in 2003, and it would cost $26 a month. It would pay 50 percent of up to $2,000 in prescriptions per year. By 2009, seniors would pay $15 a month for up to 50 percent of $5000 in prescriptions per year. The $100 deductible would remain the same, and the Clinton plan would cost the Medicare Trust Fund $203 billion, according to some estimates.

The Zogby survey, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percent, was conducted April 17-19.