Social Security and Medicare top issues for older WV voters

West Virginia’s voters age 50 and older remain skeptical of drug companies, which they say are to blame for the rising cost of health care.Meanwhile, the future of Social Security and Medicare remain top issues of concern among that voting population.

In an AARP WV poll being released this month, the 2018 West Virginia Voters 50+ Report, by AARP West Virginia, 68 percent of surveyed voters believe prescription drug companies charge “as much as possible for drugs because they know that people who are sick, have a health condition or are in pain will pay for it.”

When asked about the factors driving up the cost of health care, “drug companies charging too much for medications and treatment” topped the list, followed by “insurance companies too focused on profits.” At the bottom of the list were “lawsuits” and “aging population.”

Support for allowing Medicare to negotiate directly with pharmaceutical companies to bring down prescription drug costs for seniors is nearly unanimous among West Virginia’s voters 50 and older, according to survey results. Three-quarters of voters in the state also said they would back placing legal limits on the profits pharmaceutical companies are allowed to make.

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