Support for 'a single government plan' is increasing

A slim majority of Americans support a national government-run health care program

The Washington Post, April 12, 2018

Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation Poll

Q: Do you support or oppose having a national health plan--or a single-payer plan--in which all Americans would get their insurance from a single government plan?

51% - Support
43% - Oppose
4% - Don't know
2% - Refused



By Don McCanne, M.D.

Previous polls on single payer Medicare for all have indicated that there is majority support for the concept but that the support is malleable and declines when referred to as a government plan. This poll question referred to "a national health plan," "a single-payer plan," while stating "Americans would get their insurance from a single government plan," without any mention of Medicare for all. So the opposition to having a "government plan" seems to be subsiding, though we still have a long way to go in educating our fellow Americans on the vast superiority of the model.

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