Atlanta Journal Constitution/Associated Press, December 30, 2010
The first baby boomers will be old enough to qualify for Medicare Jan. 1, and many fear the program's obituary will be written before their own. A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds that baby boomers believe by a ratio of 2-to-1 they won't be able to rely on the giant health insurance plan throughout their retirement. The boomers took a running dive into adolescence and went on to redefine work and family, but getting old is making them nervous. Now, 43% say they don't expect to be able to depend on Medicare forever, while only 20% think their Medicare is secure. The rest have mixed feelings. Yet the survey also shows a surprising willingness among adults of all ages to sacrifice to preserve Medicare benefits that most Americans say they deserve after years of paying taxes into the system at work.