Poll: Single-payer healthcare wins more support

Poll: Single-payer healthcare wins more support
© Greg Nash

Single-payer healthcare is growingly increasingly popular in the United States, according to a Pew Research Center poll released Friday.

33 percent of poll respondents said they favor a single-payer system, in which the government covers medical expenses with tax money, over the current system based on private insurance companies.  

That's an increase of five percentage points since January, and twelve points since single payer was polled in December 2015.

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60 percent of Americans who were surveyed said the federal government is responsible for providing healthcare coverage to all Americans, compared to 39 percent who said it was not the government’s job.

The poll comes a day after Senate Republicans unveiled the first draft of their plan to repeal ObamaCare.

The Senate Republican’s proposed legislation includes major cuts to Medicaid.

The bill has garnered criticism from major healthcare advocacy groups, Democrats and several Republican senators.

The Pew Research Center survey was based on telephone interviews that were conducted June 8-18, 2017. The survey’s sample is made up of 2,504 adults living in the U.S. The total sampling error reported is plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.