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Polls Find Mixed Support For Sanders’ Single-Payer Plan In Face Of Trade-Offs

Two surveys, one from AP-GfK and another from the Kaiser Family Foundation, find that high public approval of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' "Medicare-for-all" proposal dips when negative arguments are presented. (KHN is an editorially independent program of the foundation.)

The Associated Press: Poll: Support Shaky For Sanders 'Medicare For All'
At first blush, many Americans like the idea of "Medicare for all," the government-run health system that's a rallying cry for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. But mention some of the trade-offs — from higher taxes to giving up employer coverage — and support starts to shrivel. That's the key insight from an Associated Press-GfK poll released Thursday. The survey also found that people's initial impressions of Sanders' single-payer plan are more favorable than their views of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. (Alonso-Zaldivar and Swanson, 2/24)

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