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Seniors in Tampa are tired of not being heard

Rick Scott campaign stop
Rick Scott campaign stop
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Florida’s key voter demographic within Tampa are sending both gubernatorial front-runners Charlie Crist and Rick Scott a message: listen to us. AARP Florida released a new poll reporting that voters 50 and up are worried they are falling behind increased living costs and want the next governor to focus on long-term care issues.

However, both candidates are hardly spending any time talking about both state and community based services for the elderly or increased funding for Medicaid. Florida AARP surveyed 800 voters from June 26 to July 6. A majority of the voters said they are planning to delay their retirement due to financial issues. According to the survey, 47 percent are planning to vote for current Governor Rick Scott. However, 73 percent believe both candidates need to do more to explain how they would help seniors be able to continue to live independently.

The majority of those surveyed support-expanding Medicaid in Florida while state lawmakers decided not to accept within the federal health-care reform. The survey also showed that 70 percent wanted the candidates to make at-home care a priority. This key demographic has told both Crist and Scott that Medicare and Social Security will be a deciding factor when they enter the voting booth.