Economy/Health/Politics

Survey: ‘Medicare for All’ opposed by most voters, say it’s a ‘bad idea’

A majority of voters in a new survey said they think a healthcare reform plan being touted by two front-running 2020 Democratic presidential contenders called “Medicare for All” is a “bad idea” because it would sack private and employer-provided heath coverage.

Fifty-two percent of overall voters believe the plan is a bad idea, and support has been falling for universal healthcare since March, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday.



Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., are the only Democratic presidential candidates who have completely embraced a full-on government-run healthcare system.

Businessman Andrew Yang has said he supports “Medicare for All” but would keep the option of private insurance.

In addition, the survey also found:

— 71 recent of Democrats and Democrat-leaning voters believe it is a good idea to give adults the option of buying into Medicare.

— 59 percent of Democrats and Democrat-leaning voters would like to replace the current healthcare system with a single-payer system.



— 36 percent of all voters say Medicare for All is a good plan compared with 43 percent in March of this year.

— 26 percent say healthcare is the most important issue for their vote, while 21 percent said climate change and 14 percent said the economy.

— Among Democrat and Independent voters, former Vice President Joe Biden has regained the lead for the Democratic primary with 24 percent, followed by South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg with 16 percent, Warren with 14 percent, and Sanders with 13 percent.

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