Poll: Majority of Dems Don’t Know Single-Payer Would Cause Them to Lose Their Health Plan

By NTK Staff | 11.02.2017 @10:00am
Poll: Majority of Dems Don’t Know Single-Payer Would Cause Them to Lose Their Health Plan

More than half (52 percent) of Democrats expect that under a single-payer health care system, like the one Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) advocates for, they would be able to keep their health care plan. Half of independents and nearly half of Republicans (44 percent) think the same thing, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation […]

More than half (52 percent) of Democrats expect that under a single-payer health care system, like the one Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) advocates for, they would be able to keep their health care plan.

Half of independents and nearly half of Republicans (44 percent) think the same thing, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll reported on by Axios.

Under single-payer, though, all Americans would be moved onto coverage from “a single public or quasi-public agency,” according to Physicians for a National Health Program.

Single-payer national health insurance, also known as “Medicare for all,” is a system in which a single public or quasi-public agency organizes health care financing, but the delivery of care remains largely in private hands. Under a single-payer system, all residents of the U.S. would be covered for all medically necessary services, including doctor, hospital, preventive, long-term care, mental health, reproductive health care, dental, vision, prescription drug and medical supply costs.

Of course, the polling recalls President Obama’s infamous line about Obamacare: “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan.” PolitiFact called this its “Lie of the Year” in 2013, after millions of Americans saw their plans cancelled under Obamacare’s stricter rules for insurance.

The truth is, single-payer would be enormously disruptive. Nearly half (49 percent) of Americans receive health coverage through their employer, and another seven percent through non-group care.

The third of Americans with Medicaid (19 percent) or Medicare (14 percent) would experience the least disruption, but the point remains: if you like your plan, you probably won’t be able to keep it under single-payer.

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