A plurality of Americans support a single-payer health-care system, while also agreeing that a government-run system would improve efficiency and save the health-care system money, according to the latest Harvard-Harris poll survey.
The new poll found 52 percent favor a single-payer system against 48 who oppose it.
“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. “But health-care questions like this are before there has been a public debate on the costs and the effect of a single source for plans and we have often seen support disappear after that kind of debate.”
The Hill added:
A strong majority of Democrats — 69 percent — back the idea. Republicans oppose single-payer, 65-35, and independents are split, with 51 percent opposing and 49 supporting.
“Young people were most supportive of single-payer, while seniors, who use the most health care, reject it by a wide margin,” said Penn.