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)
Kaiser Health News:
Support For Sanders’ Single-Payer Plan Fades With Control, Cost Concerns
Americans are divided about the idea of creating a single-payer government health insurance system, as Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has proposed, but support shrinks when negative arguments are highlighted and alternatives are presented, according to a poll released Thursday. (Rau, 2/25)