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34% of Americans feel 'very positive' about Medicare-for-all: 5 key notes

In a recent Kaiser Family Foundation report, researchers examined poll results from Americans on their view of new healthcare plans, including Medicare-for-all.

 

The plans are similar: universal coverage for all Americans, but use different phrases to describe the concept. KFF took a poll of reactions to the various descriptions for universal healthcare between Nov. 8 and Nov. 11. Here are the results:

1. Medicare for all:

• Very positive: 34 percent
• Somewhat positive: 28 percent
• Somewhat negative: 14 percent
• Very negative: 19 percent

2. Universal health coverage:

• Very positive: 24 percent
• Somewhat positive: 27 percent
• Somewhat negative: 13 percent
• Very negative: 20 percent

3. National health plan:

• Very positive: 27 percent
• Somewhat positive: 29 percent
• Somewhat negative: 14 percent
• Very negative: 20 percent

4. Single-payer health insurance:

• Very positive: 18 percent
• Somewhat positive: 30 percent
• Somewhat negative: 17 percent
• Very negative: 15 percent

5. Socialized medicine:

• Very positive: 18 percent
• Somewhat positive: 26 percent
• Somewhat negative: 17 percent
• Very negative: 26 percent

Broken down by political affiliation, 82 percent of Democrats found Medicare-for-all a positive term, compared to 33 percent of Republicans. At the same time, 59 percent of Democrats found "single-payer health insurance system" a positive descriptor while 27 percent of Republicans said the same.

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