Thursday, March 10, 2016

What Americans Think about "Medicare-for-All"

Half of Americans are in favor of guaranteed health insurance coverage in which all Americans would get their insurance through a single government health plan, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey. But support varies greatly by age...

Percent somewhat or strongly in favor of universal coverage
Aged 18 to 29: 65%
Aged 30 to 49: 55%
Aged 50 to 64: 41%
Aged 65-plus: 36%

Interestingly, the level of public support depends on the term used to describe universal coverage. Fully 63 percent of Americans have a somewhat or very positive reaction to the term "Medicare-for-all," and 57 percent feel positive about the term "guaranteed universal health coverage." But support falls to 44 percent if the term "single-payer health insurance system" is used, and just 38 percent feel positive about "socialized medicine."

Source: Kaiser Family Foundation, Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: February 2016

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