Poll: Majority of Americans Oppose a Single-Payer Healthcare System

In this Dec. 15, 2017 photo, the HealthCare.gov website is photographed in Washington. A new tally by The Associated Press finds that nearly 11.8 million Americans have signed up for coverage this year under former President Barack Obama’s health care law. That’s only about 3 percent less than last year, …
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A poll conducted by American Action Forum (AAF) released last Friday revealed that a majority of American voters oppose a single-payer healthcare system.

The AAF poll revealed that 51 percent of American voters oppose a single-payer healthcare system, while 41 percent favor such a system. Twenty-eight percent of voters strongly favor a government-run health care, compared to 43 percent of voters strongly opposing socialized medicine.

The survey also found that opposition to single-payer health care grows– among Republicans, Democrats, and Independents– when voters learn that a government healthcare system would cost roughly $3 trillion per year and would also end employer and union-sponsored health insurance.

The AAF poll also suggested that a plurality of voters believe that private insurance remains better than government at providing quality health care.

Another poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that nearly four in five Republicans continue to oppose Obamacare.

Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) introduced a bill last week to codify President Donald Trump’s recent executive order offering Americans more affordable, short-term, health plans compared to Obamacare.

Trump signed an executive order that expanded Association Health Plans (AHPs), as well as short-term, limited-duration insurance plans to offer Americans more affordable options compared to Obamacare. Sen. Barrasso’s bill would make the short-term health care expansion permanent.

“By building on the Trump administration action, Congress has an opportunity to truly expand health care choice and affordability,” said Barrasso. “These less expensive health plans are free from Obamacare’s burdensome mandates and are an important option for many Americans priced out of the one-size-fits-all plans offered today. It gives them the freedom to choose the coverage that works best for them.”

President Donald Trump suggested at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in February that repealing Obamacare “piece by piece by piece” may serve as a better strategy than trying to repeal Obamacare with a comprehensive bill such as Graham-Cassidy or the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA).

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