Older New Jersey Voters Overwhelmingly Want Medicare to Negotiate Drug Prices

Posted on 10/06/21

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(October 6, 2021) - Lawmakers from New Jersey are playing a critical role in the fate of legislation that would allow Medicare to negotiate the price it pays for prescription drugs.

According to a new survey from the FDU Poll, in partnership with AARP, 88 percent of New Jersey voters 50 and older say that Medicare should be able to negotiate to get lower drug prices, and these views cross party lines.

Some of the findings include:

  • 92 percent of Democrats say that Medicare should be allowed to negotiate drug prices.
  • 85 percent of Republicans say that Medicare should be allowed to negotiate drug prices.
  • 98 percent of Democrats say that it is “very” or “somewhat” important for the President and Congress to agree on solutions this year.
  • 91 percent of Republicans say it is “very” or “somewhat” important for the President and Congress to agree on solutions this year.
  • Support for allowing Medicare to negotiate prices is high across racial and ethnic lines: 88 percent support among white, Black, and Hispanic/Latino/a voters 50 and older, and 95 percent support among Asian-American voters 50 and over.

Read the full press release from Fairleigh Dickinson University Poll here.

This story is provided by AARP New Jersey. Visit the AARP New Jersey page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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