Most happy with Medicare Part D

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politics over drugsWASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. congressional leaders want to push for major changes in Medicare Part D, but most voters favor the new prescription-drug program, a survey finds.

Concern about prescription drugs ranked well down the list of "most important" issues listed by voters in exit polls on Election Day, there are overwhelming majorities of seniors happy with the program, and many say they were likely to support officials who voted to create it, according to Democratic pollster Douglas Schoen of Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates.

Only 2 percent of voters polled for each survey said it was the most important factor in their voting decision.

Schoen noted that this positive response to the program echoes several other independent studies that found roughly 80 percent of Medicare Part D beneficiaries are satisfied with the program.

Fifty-six percent of voters in the Penn, Schoen & Berland survey favor allowing market competition to drive the pricing of prescription medicines compared to a government-run system.

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