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Sunday, February 10, 2019

A new poll finds that about only one in 10 registered voters want the equivalent of Medicare for all if it means abolishing private health insurance plans. In a Hill-HarrisX survey released Thursday, 13 percent of respondents said they would prefer a health care system that covers all citizens and doesn't allow for private plans, an approach that is sometimes referred to as "single-payer." The most popular option, at 32 percent, consisted of a universal, government-operated system that also would allow people to buy private, supplemental insurance. Twenty-six percent of respondents said they wanted a government insurance plan offered to all citizens, but one that doesn't compel people with private plans to use it, a system sometimes called a "public option." A small minority of 15 percent of voters said they wanted the government to completely remove itself from paying for health care, while another 14 percent said they want to keep the existing health care system intact.

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"Folks are clearly saying the system is still sort of broken to some degree, but there isn't a lot of consensus around how to fix it in one way or another," Mohamed Younis, editor-in-chief of Gallup, told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball on Wednesday.

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Health care policy is proving to be a challenging issue in both parties. Democrats broadly agree that everyone should be covered, but there have been disagreements over how to achieve that.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has pushed for universal coverage, while some Democratic White House hopefuls have begun to argue that his Medicare for all plan is not feasible.

Legislation proposed by Sanders would largely eliminate private coverage and replace it with government coverage for everyone. There would still be a very limited role for private supplemental coverage for procedures like cosmetic surgery.

Potential 2020 candidates like Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) have argued in favor of a partial expansion of Medicare, while others such as Sens. Kamala Harris (Calif.) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) have said single-payer is their goal, adding that they also support programs that would ease the economic transition to that system.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-02-10 03:08 PM | Reply

It won't, which was Schultz's point all along.

#2 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-10 03:28 PM | Reply

Shouldn't the headline read "Only 13 percent want M4A"?

#3 | Posted by Spork at 2019-02-10 05:15 PM | Reply

Shouldn't the headline read "Only 13 percent want M4A"?

#4 | Posted by Spork at 2019-02-10 05:15 PM | Reply

#3 Here is the complete title of the article but it wouldn't fit in the allotted space, so I dropped off the first two words and abbreviated to M4A:

Poll: Just 13 percent want 'Medicare for all' if it means end of private insurance

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-02-10 09:19 PM | Reply

"Just 13 percent want 'Medicare for all' if it means end of private insurance"

Okay, so Medicare For All alongside private insurance.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-10 09:34 PM | Reply

45 percent want a M4A option.

#7 | Posted by bored at 2019-02-10 09:36 PM | Reply

#6, 7 Yes, that was the question I asked the other day in another thread saying polling showed people want M4A. I asked, do folks want it as an option or as the only alternative? If this poll is to be believed, the answer is: as an option. I think that is a good place for Democrats to start. Make it an option for everyone who wants/needs it, and then go from there.

#8 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-02-10 09:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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Agreed. I know it has shocked the ---- out of people here, but I have said for years that M4A is inevitable, politicians just need to testicular fortitude to stand up to the insurance lobby.

Maybe if some kind of hybrid can be put in place that will move the ball forward.

#9 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-10 09:49 PM | Reply

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