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Poll Finds Big Support for ‘Medicare for All that Want It’

Michael Rainey

A new poll by NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist indicates that a substantial majority of Americans support the idea of expanding Medicare for anyone who wants to buy into the program while keeping the existing system of private health insurance in place.

In the poll, which surveyed 1,346 adults last week, 70% of respondents said they support “Medicare for all that want it, that is allow all Americans to choose between a national health insurance program or their own private health insurance.” Twenty-five percent said that was a bad idea.

By contrast, only 40% of respondents express support for “Medicare for all, that is a national health insurance program for all Americans that replaces private health insurance.” More than half (54%) said they thought that was a bad idea.

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