More than 70% of Democrats back government-run universal healthcare: poll

Across the political spectrum, 57% of respondents said they believe the government should ensure everyone in the U.S. has health coverage.

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SOURCECommon Dreams

A new poll released by Gallup on Monday offered the latest evidence that Democratic leaders who continue to fight the progressive push for Medicare for All are out of touch with their own party, as more than 7 in 10 Democratic voters support a government-run healthcare system in which every American could participate and receive high-quality, free care.

Seventy-two percent of Democratic voters support what Gallup referred to as a “government-run healthcare system,” compared to just 26% who backed continuing a “system based mostly on private health insurance,” such as the “healthcare marketplace” created by the Affordable Care Act under the Obama administration in 2010. Under the law, 27.5 million Americans still were without health insurance as of 2021.

President Joe Biden suggested in 2020 that he would veto Medicare for All legislation if it passed in Congress and reached his desk, and said during the 2020 presidential campaign that the proposal to improve Medicare and expand it to all Americans was “unrealistic,” adding that voters would prefer the option of keeping their employer-based health insurance if they have it.

The Gallup poll calls that claim into question, “with Democrats indicating support for a system where the government not only guarantees coverage but provides healthcare,” reported Gallup.

The survey suggested that a majority of Democratic voters—contrary to repeated claims by the corporate media and Democratic leaders—hold views on healthcare that are closer to those of Medicare for All proponents such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), among a growing number of progressives in Congress.

The poll also found that across the political spectrum, 57% of respondents said the government should ensure all people have healthcare coverage—the highest number to say so in a Gallup poll since 2018.

Nearly half—46%—of independents also backed a government-run national healthcare program, but 50% were opposed, and the vast majority of Republicans backed a private health insurance system.

The poll comes days after another Gallup survey showed that under the current healthcare system, in which private insurance companies are expected to raise premium prices by between 6% and 12% this year, nearly 40% of Americans said they or a family member avoided or delayed seeking medical care in the last year due to cost.

Just 12% of respondents in another poll released last September said they believed the U.S. healthcare system is run “very” or “extremely” well.

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