New Survey from Commonwealth Fund: Just Over a Quarter of U.S. Adults Favor ‘Medicare for All,’ but Many Need More Information
Slightly more than one-fourth (27%) of adults favor eliminating all private health insurance and instituting a “Medicare for All” system, but 40 percent say they need more information to form an opinion, according to a Commonwealth Fund survey out today. The Health Insurance in America Survey, fielded between March 19 and June 9, 2019, is the newest in the Fund’s ongoing series reporting on working-age adults’ experiences with, and perspectives on, health insurance, Medicaid expansion, and current health policy proposals, including Medicare for All.
Other key findings include:
A partisan divide on replacing private insurance.
— Democrats are the most strongly in favor (43%) of replacing all private insurance with a public plan like Medicare for All. However, nearly the same percentage of Democrats (41%) also say they need more information on such an approach.
— Republicans are among the most strongly opposed to a Medicare-for All-type plan, with 60 percent in opposition. However, Republicans with lower incomes are much less likely to be against the proposal than wealthier members of their party...