A slight majority of Americans support both a Medicare-for-all plan and a public option, a new poll from Kaiser Family Foundation finds. It remains a largely partisan issue, however, with robust support from Democrats and independents and little support from Republican voters.
The poll also finds that public support for Medicare-for-all shifts somewhat when people hear arguments about potential tax increases or delays in medical tests and treatment. Polling also shows that 67% of supporters of such a proposal think they would be able to keep their current health insurance coverage, suggesting another potential area for decreased support
KFF researchers conclude that “while the general idea of a national health plan (whether accomplished through an expansion of Medicare or some other way) may enjoy fairly broad support in the abstract, it remains unclear how this issue will play out in the 2020 election and beyond.”