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2016 Postmortem

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Sat Jun 4, 2016, 04:43 PM Jun 2016

Poll: Most Americans want to replace Obamacare with single-payer including many Republicans [View all]

Poll: Most Americans want to replace Obamacare with single-payer — including many Republicans

By Philip Bump - May 16 2016

The politics of Obamacare aren't all that complicated. Republicans have called for the Affordable Care Act to be "repealed and replaced" for years, with only sporadic attempts to articulate what the replacement would be. On the Democratic side, the question that's emerged over the course of the primary is whether or not the program should be expanded and improved (Hillary Clinton's argument) or if we should push for a complete overhaul, moving toward a "single-payer" system like Medicare (Bernie Sanders's argument).

In a round of polling conducted this month, Gallup figured out which of those ideas was the most popular. And the result? It's sort of a three-way tie.

Well over half of Americans want to replace Obamacare with a single-payer system. That figure, amazingly, includes 41 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents — even though the wording of the question specifies that the program would be "federally funded." (Mind you, more than half of Republicans oppose the idea.)

The high number of Republicans approving of the idea may be because Republicans are so hostile to the Affordable Care Act. Gallup's polling has consistently shown that Republicans hold strongly negative views of the program. Replacing the ACA with anything probably holds some appeal.....

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Not CLinton Ferd Berfel Jun 2016 #1
She realizes the political realities and that a Public Option will get us Hoyt Jun 2016 #2
She's been bought and paid for by these creatures Ferd Berfel Jun 2016 #3
Apparently, you have been duped. Hoyt Jun 2016 #4
apparently you are delusional Ferd Berfel Jun 2016 #6
Apparently Hillary Clinton is the only politician who can't be bought so the millions in speaking think Jun 2016 #10
She is a rock of integrity Ferd Berfel Jun 2016 #11
She took direct income from an association that is actively fighting single payer in Colorado think Jun 2016 #5
who would pay her to do that? yurbud Jun 2016 #8
even if she promised that, it would be declared a pony 5 sec after election yurbud Jun 2016 #9
We had a chance of a public option. basselope Jun 2016 #14
Tell us...what WAS the chance of a Public Option? brooklynite Jun 2016 #21
Your premise is false. basselope Jun 2016 #22
The actual polling data give a different view of "the political realities" Jim Lane Jun 2016 #17
No, I'm responding on the GOPer Congress and that 40+% of people Hoyt Jun 2016 #19
"What do we want?" "Incremental change!" "When do we want it?" "In due time!" Great rallying cry. Jim Lane Jun 2016 #20
If Obama had stood firm for single payer or even public option, we'd be sitting here with nothing Hoyt Jun 2016 #23
Can you do nothing but answer straw men? Jim Lane Jun 2016 #24
"Never, ever, ever, ever!!" Arazi Jun 2016 #7
Message auto-removed Name removed Jun 2016 #15
Plus, "it's too hard!!!" LiberalElite Jun 2016 #36
It has been this way awhile now. stillwaiting Jun 2016 #12
That surprised me. trudyco Jun 2016 #13
Not me. Single payer polls great if taxes aren't mentioned Recursion Jun 2016 #18
kick EndElectoral Jun 2016 #16
I will not support the continued use of leeches. JEB Jun 2016 #25
Single payer is a long way off. Not politically feasible currently. Trust Buster Jun 2016 #26
America is the only one of the 25 wealthiest nations that doesn't provide universal health care think Jun 2016 #27
It's still not politically feasible in the foreseeable future and that has nothing to do with Trust Buster Jun 2016 #28
America is the only one of the 25 wealthiest nations that doesn't provide universal health care think Jun 2016 #29
Your logic is nonsense. The ACA barely passed. The political power to pass universal healthcare Trust Buster Jun 2016 #32
Keep trying make it seem acceptable that Hillary lined her pockets with millions from think Jun 2016 #34
Keep trying to make this all about Hillary for political expediency. President Obama himself stated Trust Buster Jun 2016 #35
Did Hillary take millions in income from those fighting universal healthcare or not? think Jun 2016 #38
It only matters what the oligarchs want and they control everything. onecaliberal Jun 2016 #30
Wanna tell me how Obamacare can be "expanded and improved"? tularetom Jun 2016 #31
Medicare for All, including dental, optical, hearing aids and mental health services. Scuba Jun 2016 #33
This. vintx Jun 2016 #37
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