Column: Medicare for All Poll Reveals Key Issues

from tHEORetically Speaking: The HealthEconomics.Com Blog at http://bit.ly/2MIK979 on January 31, 2019 at 05:17PM

The Kaiser Family Foundation’s recent survey on the much-discussed “Medicare for All” idea initially shows solid support, but further analysis suggests there may be some fundamental misunderstandings about what such a plan would entail, according to a column by New York Times Opinion Columnist David Leonhardt.

The initial survey found that 56 percent of respondents supported on a bipartisan basis “a national plan called Medicare for All in which all Americans would get their insurance through a single government plan.”

However, KFF’s poll also reveals that broad support was in part due to individuals’ understanding that they would be able to keep their insurance plans.

” … The poll asked whether they believed that they would be able to keep their private insurance plan under such a system,” Leonhardt writes. “Almost 60 percent of the respondents said yes.”

To read the full column on the New York Times, click here.