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Majority of Americans support single-payer: poll

As Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders continues the fight for his groundbreaking “Medicare-for-all” legislation, a new poll shows that Americans are in favor of a single-payer health care system by a “slim majority.”

As the Hill reported on Friday, a new Harvard-Harris Poll shows that as a whole, 52 percent of Americans support a single-payer system.

“Given all of the discontent with health care and desire for coverage, single-payer has more support than I have seen in the past, with the country split down the middle,” said Harvard-Harris Poll co-director Mark Penn.

The poll also showed that 69 percent of respondents believe the single-payer system would “provide more coverage.” 54 percent of Republicans agree. Nevertheless, a great majority of Republicans and a small majority of Independents are against the bill, 65 percent and 51 percent in opposition, respectively.

Sen. Sanders formally introduced his “Medicare-for-all,” single-payer health-care bill in mid-September, transforming a once abstract and idealistic concept into an ambitious possibility. Sixteen senators have already signed on to co-sponsor the bill, including Democratic Senators Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker, all 2020 presidential contenders. Though at the moment its unlikely the bill will pass in a

Though such a bill will never be passed by a Republican-controlled Congress, Sanders intends to garner public awareness and support for his proposal, in the hopes that public demand will eventually overwhelm politics.

“Our job is to join every major country on Earth and guarantee health care to all as a right, not a privelege. Today, we tell the insurance and drug companies we are sick and tired of being ripped off by your greed,” Sanders said in an address at the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee Convention. “Do everything you can, get the word out, all over this country, to your friends, that no republicans should vote for this disastrous [Repeal and Replace] bill. And if they do, they will pay a very heavy political price.”

Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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