Poll: Ma­jor­ity backs sin­gle-payer plan

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Tom How­ell Jr.

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.

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