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Survey: Maryland Voters Concerned About Health Care

Slot machine revenue seen as possible way to expand access.

BALTIMORE, June 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Practically all Maryland voters believe that everyone in the state should have access to affordable, quality health care, according to a survey released today by AARP Maryland. In fact, 93 percent of Maryland voters agree with this principle, and this agreement persists across age, gender and party affiliation.

The same survey found that two out of three Maryland voters support allowing slot machines at limited locations around the state. One-third of those who initially said they opposed slot machines indicated they would not oppose them if the money were used to ensure access to quality, affordable health care for all.

"Three out of five Marylanders believe that health care in our state is in crisis or has major problems," said Joseph DeMattos, Jr., AARP Maryland Senior State Director. "People are struggling -- they are worried about health care even if they presently have coverage. This survey shows that the time is now for our elected leaders to take action and create positive change on health care."

Nearly two out of three survey respondents (63%) say they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who supported the development of a health care system that provided all Maryland residents access to affordable, quality health care. Three-quarters of voters surveyed agree that everyone from employers to federal and state governments to individuals should contribute to health care costs.

The survey was conducted by random-dial telephone interviews in December 2007 and January 2008. Subjects were self-identified registered Maryland voters 18 and older. The complete results can be viewed on-line at


AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates.

Divided We Fail

It's time we ensure health and long-term financial security for all. That's why AARP, Business Roundtable, the Service Employees International Union and the National Federation of Independent Businesses are leading Divided We Fail, an initiative to give voice to millions of Americans who are tired of letting Washington gridlock stand in the way of affordable, quality health care and long-term financial security. Go to to learn more.

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