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Seventy Percent of Americans Support 'Medicare for All' in New Poll
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=48973"><span class="small">Megan Keller, The Hill</span></a>   
Saturday, 25 August 2018 08:29

Keller writes: "A vast majority - 70 percent - of Americans in a new poll supports 'Medicare for all,' also known as a single-payer health-care system."

A healthcare rally. (photo: Health Care for All)
A healthcare rally. (photo: Health Care for All)


Seventy Percent of Americans Support 'Medicare for All' in New Poll

By Megan Keller, The Hill

25 August 18

 

vast majority — 70 percent — of Americans in a new poll supports "Medicare for all," also known as a single-payer health-care system.

The Reuters–Ipsos survey found 85 percent of Democrats said they support the policy along with 52 percent of Republicans.

Medicare for all has been in the headlines after a study by the libertarian-leaning Mercatus Center at George Mason University found it would lead to $32.6 trillion increase in federal spending over a 10-year period.

The study’s author, Charles Blahous, wrote in The Wall Street Journal earlier this month that even doubling taxes would not cover the bill for a single-payer health-care system.

The policy’s proponents, however, point to a note in the study showing that health-care costs would also decrease by $2 trillion by 2031 if it became law.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who has introduced a Medicare for all bill, has said that the Mercatus study is “grossly misleading and biased.”

The new Reuters poll also showed that a majority of Americans supports free college tuition. Forty-one percent of Republicans said they supported the policy, pollsters found, compared with 79 percent of Democrats.

The move to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was also opposed by a majority of respondents. Seventy percent of Republicans said they opposed abolishing the 15-year-old agency, while Democrats said they were evenly split on the issue, with roughly 44 percent in favor of abolishing it and 44 percent saying it should remain.

The Reuters poll consulted American adults throughout June and July this year. Reuters asked 2,989 respondents about Medicare for all, 5,339 about free college tuition, and 7,737 about abolishing ICE. The results have margins of error of 2 percentage points for the Medicare for all and free college tuition questions. The margin of error for the question about abolishing ICE is 1 percentage point.


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0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-08-25 12:42
This has been true for a long time. Even a majority of FOX news viewers support Medicare for all. Finally democrats are realizing this and getting on board. But the major media is against Medicare for all and is urging democrats to make impeachment of Trump their central issue for Nov. 2018.

I wonder why RSN would publish yet another story that misrepresented the results of the Mercatus study and is untruthful about the real cost of Medicare and healthcare in general. Yes, it would increase the cost of government spending on healthcare. But that would be offset by the total elimination of spending for private healthcare.

The total US healthcare spending in 2015 was $3.2 trillion. About 30% of that went to non-health expenses -- corporate marketing, dividends to stockholders, pay to executives, executive jets and resort meetings, overhead for billing, and so on. If everyone were covered by Medicare, almost all of this 30% would not be needed. This amount would cover people who now don't have health insurance.

This article is worthless. It points out that most people want Medicare and then tries to show why they are wrong.



Of course, candidates and elected politicians can do two or more things at once, But an impeachment hearing would waste a year in the congress and would result in a Pence presidency. Pence is more strongly opposed to Medicare for all than Trump is.
 
 
+1 # Wise woman 2018-08-25 13:12
Wow! Even some repubs are supporting something that should be a right for all Americans. I never thought I'd see the day. I guess they've decided to acquire a brain. I wish I could say the same about the dems when it comes to a backbone.
 
 
-1 # lorenbliss 2018-08-25 13:14
Such polls as these are meaningless. Our overlords have already repeatedly told us we'll never be allowed universal health care or free college tuition because we're not worth it.

See:
https://www.mintpressnews.com/average-u-s-citizens-little-influence-government-policy/189520/

(Wha? You actually thought this waas a democracy?)
 
 
0 # lfeuille 2018-08-26 20:12
We've been here before. Support for single-payer was up to 70% before Obama decided to take us on a giant detour to the AcA. We have to be careful not to allow another diversion away from the only solution to the healthcare crisis.