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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Kaiser Family Foundation: For many years, Kaiser Family Foundation has been tracking public opinion on the idea of a national health plan (including language referring to Medicare-for-all since 2017). Historically, our polls have shown a modest increase in support for the idea of a national health plan (Figure 1) once we included the phrase "Medicare-for-all," which has only recently slightly decreased to about half (51%) holding favorable views. There has also been relatively stable support for the federal government doing more to help provide health insurance for more Americans since before the passing of the 2010 Affordable Care (Figure 2). Recently, we have found broad support for proposals that expand the role of public programs like Medicare and Medicaid as well as a government-administered public option (Figure 3). Overall, a majority of Democrats and about half of independents favor a national Medicare-for-all plan while most Republicans oppose (Figure 4). Yet, how politicians discuss these different proposals does affect public support (Figure 5 and Figure 6). In addition, when asked why they support or oppose a national health plan, the public echoes the dominant messages in the current political climate (Figure 7). A common theme among supporters, regardless of how we ask the question, is the desire for universal coverage (Figure 8).

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Count me in.
I'm in favor of single payer health-care.
PERI has a thorough study on possible reforms, including single payer.

#1 | Posted by Docman at 2019-10-21 03:19 PM | Reply

Count me in.

My big idea was to give everyone Medicare (2% overhead) or the same amount it costs as a subsidy if you want to keep your private insurance (20% to 30% overhead). Your choice.

1/4th of hospital floor space is is used for billing because every insurance company is different. Medicare takes one room.

#2 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-10-21 09:57 PM | Reply

Yeah, because hospitals are increasingly going to "Observation Only" for medicare patients. At least they have to tell you that's the case now when you arrive.

#3 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-10-22 07:57 AM | Reply

I know a woman who is nearly 80 years old who just had a quadruple bypass surgery on Medicare. Your "scare tactics" aren't going to fool anyone.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2019-10-22 08:42 AM | Reply

SOciAliSm!!1!

#5 | Posted by hamburglar at 2019-10-22 09:10 AM | Reply

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