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 Sanders (I-Vt.), who was one of the first proponents of Medicare for all, said that it would since it would as did Sen. Kamala Harris (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