Medicare for All talk among 2020 Dems is a way to warm Americans to the idea, says pollster

Pollster Robert Griffin said on Monday that talk among Democratic candidates about instituting a single payer "Medicare for all" health policy is a way to get American voters used to the idea of implementing it across the United States.

"Some of this talk about phasing it in over time is really just getting people used to the idea of if we wanted to do this as a country, this is how it might actually work," Griffin, research director at the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking." 

Some Democrats have been struggling with questions about what would happen to private insurance if a single payer system became law. 

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is considering a run for the White House, said on Sunday on ABC News that Medicare for All would not end private insurance.

But Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic MORE (I-Vt.), who was one of the first proponents of Medicare for all, said that it would since it would as did Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden VP race is highly fluid days before expected pick Harris, Ocasio-Cortez push climate equity bill with Green New Deal roots Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic MORE (D-Calif.) late last month. Harris and her staff later walked back her comments.

A new Hill-HarrisX survey released on Monday found that 53 percent of voters said they would be more likely to back a presidential candidate, who supports expanding Medicare to include all Americans. 

— Julia Manchester