Bernie Sanders’ plan for full government control of healthcare, or “Medicare for All,” has become a standard position for many Democrats, particularly those running for the White House in 2020. But a new poll shows this plan also has a surprising amount of support from Republicans.
A new Morning Consult poll shows that while 47 percent of Americans overall support this policy, a shocking 31 percent of Republicans do.
“The poll, which surveyed 6,600 adults and has a margin of error of 1%, showed broad majorities support some form of federal health insurance that would be available to all Americans, though support was higher for policies that would be optional,” Breitbart reports. “Morning Consult noted that support for ‘Medicare for All’ had fallen since the 2018 midterm elections, thanks in part to Republican attacks on the policy, as well as revelation about its likely cost ($32 trillion over 10 years, which would increase government spending by 68%, based on the FY 2020 budget of $4.8 trillion).”
$32 trillion! And 31 percent of Republicans support this?
A new Morning Consult poll shows that “Medicare for All” falls just short of majority support (47%) — but that 31% of Republicans support the policy.
Do you believe for a second that 31% of republicans want their taxes to go through the roof to subsidize healthcare for others?
— Mike Wonder (@mikebwonder) April 22, 2019
In July, Investors Business Daily detailed how unpractical this plan truly is:
To put this in perspective, “Medicare for all” would nearly double the size of the already bloated federal government. Doubling corporate and individual income taxes wouldn’t cover the costs.
Even this is wildly optimistic. To get to this number, author Charles Blahous had to make several completely unrealistic assumptions about savings under Sanders’ hugely disruptive plan.
The first is a massive cut in payments to providers. Sanders wants to apply Medicare’s below-market rates across the board, which would amount to a roughly 40% cut in payments to doctors and hospitals. Blahous figures this will save hundreds of billions of dollars a year.
“But cuts of that magnitude would drive doctors out of medicine and hospitals out of business, since the only way providers can afford Medicare’s cut-rate reimbursements today is by charging private payers more,” Business Investors Daily notes.
Even though instituting such a plan would be mathematically impossible, how is it that nearly half of Americans are in support of it and almost one-third of Republicans?
Morning Consult notes:
The poll found that despite the abyss between partisans on health reform, most people want the same thing: a system in which everyone has health insurance, and the right to choose where they get it from, without going bankrupt. And with many months ahead to litigate the merits of Medicare for All, the data suggests the proposal’s proponents are on more fertile ground than its detractors to bring the public to their side.
President Trump has already promised that Republicans will introduce their own alternative healthcare plan.
They better unveil it soon, before this socialist nightmare gathers any more steam.
Really interesting Morning Consult poll: 61% of REPUBLICANS support expanding Medicare to people ages 50-64 and creating a public option. https://t.co/JHb5xLnN2m
— Paul Glickman (@PaulG57) April 22, 2019
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