Poll Shows Americans Do Not Back Medicare for All

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by Martina Moyski  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  November 14, 2019   

Voters less likely to pay more tax to support it

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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - As Bernie Sanders and other Democrat hopefuls are focused on scrapping private health insurance and creating a government-run program, a new poll shows Americans do not back Medicare for all.

A Rasmussen poll released Wednesday shows support has fallen for expanding Medicare, the federal health insurance program for people 65 and older, to Americans of all ages.

A national survey of 1,000 likely U.S. voters was conducted Nov. 10–11 showing fewer voters are backing Medicare for all and few are willing to spend much, if anything, to make Medicare for all a reality.

The survey revealed that only 39% of voters support a plan to extend Medicare to Americans of all ages.

Forty-six percent are opposed to Medicare for all. This compares to 44% and 41% two months ago, which represented the highest level of support to that date. Fifteen percent remain undecided.

However, when told that making Medicare available to all may cost Americans more in taxes, 46% indicated they are not willing to pay anymore each year.

Another 18% are willing to pay not more than $100 more per year in taxes for Medicare for all.

Twenty-nine percent are willing to pay $300 or more per year in taxes, while 5% are ready to pay more than $1,000 in additional taxes.

Among voters who favor Medicare for all, 17% aren't willing to pay any more in taxes, and 27% are willing to pay only $100 more per year.

Rasmussen also reports that voters in general are more confident these days about Medicare.

Forty-eight percent indicated they are "Confident" that the Medicare system will pay them all their promised benefits during their lifetime.

Forty-six percent are not, but this finding has run as high as 64% in surveys since 2011. This includes 18% who are "Very Confident" that they'll get all their benefits and another 18% who are "Not At All Confident."

Voters who are confident that they'll get their benefits are somewhat more likely to support expanding Medicare to all Americans. But most of these voters are unwilling to pay more than an extra $100 in taxes.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of Democrats favor expanding Medicare to all, compared to 25% of Republicans and 32% of voters not affiliated with either major political party. But even among Democrats, 32% are willing to pay no more in taxes to make Medicare for all happen, and 22% are willing to pay only $100 more each year.

Unaffiliated voters (39%) are less confident than Democrats (55%) and Republicans (51%) that they will receive all their promised benefits under the existing system.

Medicare for all represents one of the key issues in the upcoming election and in the United States overall. Partisans on both sides of the political aisle are weighing in. Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, has argued that Democrat support of Medicare for all is an admission that Obamacare is a failure and has likened it to the health care version of the Green New Deal.

Americans in general, whether for or against Medicare for all, want a detailed plan about how it would be funded. While Sanders hasn't yet explained details of how to pay for it, estimates are measured in trillions paid over the upcoming decades.


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