This op-ed by State Policy Network’s Erin Norman first ran in the Washington Examiner.
Medicare for All has been introduced in every congressional session since 2003 and has grown more favorable in the public’s eyes each time. Polling from State Policy Network’s State Voices project shows that 72% of people now support or are open to the idea of government-controlled healthcare, with one-third outright believing it would be the best option for America. Majorities of all major demographic groups, including 56% of Republicans and 76% of independents, are convinced something must change in our healthcare system and would consider a government-provided option as part of that change.
But opponents of a single-payer system shouldn’t start panicking yet. Though the public is persuadable, Democrats are not planning to make any big moves, in part because they don’t have the political support. President Joe Biden, for example, campaigned against single-payer healthcare. And his presidential statements on healthcare largely focus on convincing skeptical people that the 14-year-old Obamacare is making a difference rather than proposing bold new action. Even the most progressive wing of the Democratic Party seems to have put a hold on its plans, with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) recently admitting single-payer isn’t going to happen any time soon.
Read the full piece at the Washington Examiner here.