If a “Medicare for All” plan was passed, 63% of voters believe it is likely they would be allowed to keep their current insurance coverage. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 38% disagree and think they would have to change coverage.
Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Democrats believe they would be able to keep their current insurance coverage if a Medicare for All plan was passed. That confidence is shared by 61% of Independents and 48% of Republicans (see crosstabs).
There have been many versions of Medicare for All presented in the last several years. Perhaps the most prominent plan has been authored by Senator Bernie Sanders and endorsed by Senator Elizabeth Warren. Under that plan, private health insurance coverage would be banned and nobody would be allowed to keep their current coverage. That’s politically challenging at a time when 71% of voters rate their own health insurance coverage as good or excellent.
Eighty-four percent (84%) of voters believe Medicare for All will lead to higher taxes for the middle class. Just 13% believe that cost savings from a Medicare for All program will offset the tax increases and result in a net savings.
In fact, just 17% of voters believe Medicare for All will produce any savings. Fifty-two percent (52%) believe the program will lead to higher costs, 10% think they’ll stay about the same, and 21% are not sure.
Voters have vastly different understandings of what Medicare for All means:
- Twenty-eight percent (28%) of voters believe it is a program where the federal government would provide Medicare coverage for people who can’t afford to buy their own health insurance.
- Twenty-six percent (26%) think private health insurance would be outlawed and everybody would be required to get their insurance from the federal government. That’s close to the Sanders’ plan.
- Twenty percent (20%) think anybody could choose between keeping their existing health insurance and buying insurance from Medicare.
- Nine percent (9%) think Medicare for All means those who can’t get health insurance elsewhere could buy insurance from Medicare
- Eighteen percent (18%) have never heard of Medicare for All.
A plurality of Republicans and Independents believe Medicare for All involves banning private health insurance companies. A plurality of Democrats believe it means the federal government would provide Medicare coverage for people who can’t afford to buy their own health insurance.
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted October 16-17, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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