11/04/02 - Heartland Health Care

What's the most important election issue for you on Tuesday's ballot? For millions, healthcare is why they're going to vote.
A nationwide poll found that 40 percent of voters say healthcare issues may influence their decision. Monday, we caught up with some seniors who say it's the only reason they're voting. We talked to a few seniors who admit, they don't know everything about the candidates or what they stand for, but they do pay attention to what politicians say about health care, and how they'll make it better for seniors.
Eating lunch and hanging out with friends at the Cape Senior Center is the highlight of James Hayes day. Tuesday, he'll add one more thing to his daily routine, when he heads to the polls to vote. "I don't miss any of the voting, I always go," Hayes says. "This stage of the game, it's the only thing left, healthcare."
And he's not alone. Everyone there is concerned with health care issues. Especially Juanita Moore. She needs six medications to keep her heart going. "Really I hadn't decided if I would vote or not until they started talking about prescriptions," Moore says. "We should I think, because mine keeps going higher and higher."
Politicians hope more seniors will be like Hayes and Moore, they're handing out brochures explaining what they will do to improve healthcare for seniors, if they're elected into office. Hayes and Moore say they've been lucky so far. They're voting Tuesday not just to help themselves, but to help their peers. "I know a lot of people that take a lot more medications than I do, and they're less fortunate," Moore says. "So far, I've been able to handle mine, but it keeps going up." "It's getting out of hand these prescription drugs," Hayes says. "I'm just fortunate I don't have to go through it."
Every election day, some seniors at the Cape Senior Center car pool to the polls, or get a ride from different organizations, who offer to take them.