Seniors are the least likely of all age groups in the U.S. to say that health care reform will benefit their personal health care situation. By a margin of three to one, 36% to 12%, adults 65 and older are more likely to believe health care reform will reduce rather than expand their access to health care. And by 39% to 20%, they are more likely to say their own medical care will worsen rather than improve.
Their own well-being and health care isn't the only thing giving them reservations:
In addition to being less likely to believe health care reform will improve their own medical care and access, seniors are far less likely than younger adults to believe the country as a whole will benefit. Only a quarter of seniors, versus about half of those 18 to 49 and 50 to 64 years, believe a reform law would expand access to health care nationally.
Why do they believe it won't benefit is why some are surprised by these polls. Only 13% believe that health care costs will be reduced, and 36% believe they will increase. They are worried about their grandkids still paying for their health care when they get the grandparents age.