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33 Percent in US Want Single Payer Healthcare

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On June 28 of this year, members of the California Nurses Association and supporters of single-payer healthcare rallied in the Capitol rotunda, in Sacramento, Calif. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

Wednesday, 16 Aug 2017 09:11 AM Current | Bio | Archive

A Pew Research study found that 33 percent of American adults support a single-payer healthcare system. The study, conducted in June, found that support comes from 52 percent of Democrats and 12 percent of Republicans.

Many Democratic politicians, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., are actively promoting a single-payer insurance model. Frequently, the claim is made that such proposals are popular with the general public. In fact, Ralph Nader said that most Americans have supported this approach for 70 years. But Politifact.com, a fact-checking site, rated those claims as false.

It is difficult to measure support for general policy concepts like single-payer healthcare without a specific proposal and substantial public debate. In California, one of the most solidly Democratic states in the nation, a single-payer healthcare bill passed the state Senate, but it was not even brought to a vote in the state Assembly. The Senate plan included no way for covering the anticipated $200 billion tax hike required to pay for implementing it.

California is one of only six Democratic trifectas, states where the party controls both houses of the state legislature as well as the governorship. Failure to pass single-payer coverage in such a political environment infuriated many progressive Democrats and even led to death threats for the House speaker.

While the Affordable Care Act (ACA), often referred to as Obamacare, is less ambitious than a single-payer health plan, it continues to face significant consumer resistance. According to IRS data, 6.5 million people have chosen to pay a fine rather than purchase the levels of insurance mandated by Obamacare. Additionally, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that 15 million other Americans would opt out of Obamacare coverage if they were allowed to do so.

Yesterday’s Number showed that 2.4 million people have only one insurance option on healthcare exchanges.

Scott Rasmussen’s Number of the Day is published by Ballotpedia. Each weekday, Scott Rasmussen’s Number of the Day explores interesting and newsworthy topics at the intersection of culture, politics, and technology.

Scott Rasmussen is a Senior Fellow for the Study of Self-Governance at the King’s College in New York and an Editor-At-Large for Ballotpedia, the Encyclopedia of American Politics. His most recent book, "Politics Has Failed: America Will Not," was published by the Sutherland Institute in May.To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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The Pew study, conducted in June, found that support comes from 52 percent of Democrats and 12 percent of Republicans.
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