September 16, 2009

Boomer women key to insurance reform

In an increasingly divisive debate, boomer women appear to be fairly united on the reform front. A survey by VibrantNation.com found 84 percent of boomer women are comfortable with their understanding of health care reform. Nearly all (97 percent) agreed that coverage for pre-existing conditions should be guaranteed. Eighty-seven percent agree employees should be able to take their insurance with them when they change jobs, and 84 percent feel insurance companies should be prohibited from cancelling policies for people who develop illnesses.

The women surveyed were more divided about how to pay for reform. Fifty-four percent said they support a tax increase on those in the highest tax bracket; 53 percent support a public option. Half of those surveyed said they were in favor of expanding the State Children`s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to cover anyone up to age 27.

VibrantNation.com conducted the survey among over 50,000 site members, e-newsletter subscribers, Facebook fans and Twitter followers. Participants were well-educated women with insurance, between ages 48 and 68.

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