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Support for Medicare for All Slips: Poll

Yuval Rosenberg

As Democratic presidential candidates continue to debate Medicare for All, the latest Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll finds that support for the idea has fallen slightly since April, from 56% to 51%.


Kaiser finds that a majority of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents say they prefer health care reforms that expand coverage by building on the Affordable Care Act (55%) rather than replacing the law with a Medicare-for-All system (39%). Nearly two-thirds of Americans now favor a public option, a government-run insurance plan that would be available to all and compete with private insurers. Support for a public option swings considerably, though, depending on what arguments are presented to those being polled:


As Kaiser’s Larry Levitt notes, the poll results show why the Democratic debate is important — and risky: “People have a favorable view of Medicare. They also have a favorable view of employer-provided health insurance and Medicaid. That's why it's so politically perilous to mess with the status quo in health care.”


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