Home care issues may play part in election

The American Association of Retired Persons has dubbed the 2008 election as "the 50-plus election," estimating that voters age 50-plus will turn out in even greater proportions than the 52% reported by exit polls during the 2006 elections.

According to a national telephone survey of 1,000 American adults, Americans age 55 and older are more likely (83%) to express support for candidates who support homecare, compared to the 18 to 54 age group (76%). Approximately 69 million Americans are 55 or older.

The survey also showed an overwhelming majority (78%) of American voters say they would vote for congressional candidates who would strengthen Medicare coverage for power wheelchairs, oxygen devices, hospital beds, and other durable medical equipment and services used in the home.