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POLL: Americans Don’t Know What Medicare for All Really Is

Bernie Sanders’ plan, which is backed by numerous 2020 Democrats, would completely disrupt the U.S. health care system. But it turns out few Americans know that.

By NTK Staff | 06.18.2019 @9:23am
POLL:  Americans Don’t Know What Medicare for All Really Is

Medicare for All, the proposal backed by Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and other 2020 Democrats that would turn the U.S. health care system into a government-run program, is largely misunderstood according to a new poll.

The Kaiser Family Foundation released results of a poll on Tuesday that indicated most Americans believed they would continue to pay deductibles and copays; that their employer would continue to pay premiums; and that they would continue to receive insurance through their employers.

All of those statements are inaccurate. But there is one thing Americans did get right: their taxes would go up.

Nearly seven in 10 Americans think they would continue to pay deductibles and co-pays under Medicare for All, Kaiser found, when in fact they would not. And some 54% wrongly believe that individuals and employers would continue to pay premiums.

Almost the same share think those who currently get health insurance through their jobs or buy it on their own would be able to keep their plans, when in fact the current proposals would essentially do away with private insurance altogether.

But there is one aspect of Medicare for All that the vast majority of those polled understand very well: Some 78% say that taxes would increase for most people under such a plan, which is in fact likely to happen.

One think tank in Virginia pegged the overall cost for Medicare for All at about $32.6 trillion over 10 years – an absolutely astronomical figure.

When pressed on the issue, Sanders has admitted that Americans would pay much more in taxes under his Medicare for All plan. But he also bizarrely claimed during an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper that Americans would be “delighted” to pay more in taxes.

The problem with Sanders’ math is that his proposed tax hikes would still not come close to paying for a costly program like Medicare for All.

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