Poll: Majority backs single-payer plan
Just over half of U.S. adults back single-payer health care, according to a poll released Friday that says the idea of government-run health care is still a partisan issue but finds favor with enough independents to produce a slim majority.
All told, 51 percent of adults support the idea and 43 percent oppose it, The Washington PostKaiser Family Foundation poll found.
Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent, is pushing a “Medicare for all” single-payer bill that’s been co-sponsored by more than a dozen Senate Democrats.
Other Democrats want to pass more limited fixes to Obamacare or incrementally expand the range of taxpayer funded options, such as allowing people to buy into Medicare or Medicaid.
About 3 out of 4 Democrats — 74 percent — told The Washington Post-Kaiser they support a single-payer plan. Among independents, 54 percent supported the plan and 40 percent opposed.
The single-payer idea isn’t going anywhere while Republicans control the levers of power in D.C., however, and Mr. Trump is finding ways to chip away at Obamacare. Eight in 10 Republicans told pollsters they oppose single-payer health care.