A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows broad support for expanding public healthcare coverage, including Medicare-for-All. In that poll, 74% of Americans favor a national government plan that is open to anyone.
But do the people polled really understand what that support would mean?
According to the poll, views shift significantly when people hear arguments for and against Single-Payer. The net favorability rating (the number of people who favor it, minus the number of people who oppose it) drops into significant double digits the more people hear about the side effects of moving from traditional health insurance systems to a more government-centric system. Single-Payer has a -44 net favorability rating when people hear that it would lead to delays in people getting care.
For more on what could happen if the U.S. adopted a Single-Payer health system, Straight Talk’s Healthcare Economist Mike Bertaut lays out the pros and cons in this three-minute video.