Romney continues to gain ground on healthcare issues

posted at 4:01 pm on October 31, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

General knowledge seems to be starting to lean towards “Romney has pretty much nailed down Florida,” but I suppose you can never be too careful, and Romney is taking today to campaign in the Sunshine State with popular GOPers Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush by his side before moving on to Virginia and Ohio tomorrow and Friday, via USA Today:

Mitt Romney kept his message upbeat at the first of three stops in Florida on Wednesday, telling the crowd the country was at a “turning point” and need a “new course” but never mentioning the president by name.

“I believe this is the year for us to take a different course, I would bring real change and real reform. I don’t just talk about change, I actually have a plan to execute change,” he said. …

While the campaign resumed its regular schedule and pace, Rubio, Bush and Romney each asked supporters to remember those affected by Hurricane Sandy as screens on either side of the hanger broadcast the number to donate to the Red Cross.

Perhaps of interest in regards to the Florida demographics, some recent polls have indicated that Romney has gained significantly or even surpassed Obama on the issues of Medicare and Social Security, a.k.a. major entitlement reform, and that Romney maintains his wide lead with seniors, despite Democrats’ early-on efforts to scare seniors into thinking that a Romney/Ryan Medicare plan will “throw granny off of a cliff.” A new poll released Wednesday from the Kaiser Family Foundation corroborates that Romney has made some serious inroads against President Obama’s rhetoric on Medicare and healthcare-related issues, via Kaiser Health News:

As the race for the White House has tightened, President Barack Obama has seen his advantage on several key health issues narrow significantly among likely voters, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Wednesday. …

Most troublesome for Obama is that, among likely voters, GOP candidate Mitt Romney has pulled nearly even with him on which candidate would do a better job with Medicare — an issue that resonates in battleground states with large elderly populations like Florida and Pennsylvania.  Obama’s advantage on that question has shrunk despite the fact that six in 10 likely voters continue to oppose Romney’s idea of changing Medicare to a premium support system, in which the government would guarantee each senior a fixed amount of money to help them purchase coverage.   Overall, about 46 percent of voters said they prefer Obama on Medicare compared to 41 percent  for Romney, a gap that is not statistically significant. In September, Obama held a 16 point lead on the Medicare question.

Senior voters are even more likely to oppose switching to premium support, but they prefer Romney to Obama on Medicare, 48 percent to 43 percent — also not a statistically significant gap.

With polls also indicating that Romney is leading with Florida’s seniors specifically, it’s looking more and more like Democrats’ scaremongering attacks are holding less and less water, and with all of ObamaCare’s unpopularity on top of that, the demographic may be ready to put the stewardship of healthcare issues in the hands of a new president.


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