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Poll: Most favor Medicare for All if they can keep their doctors

Poll: Most favor Medicare for All if they can keep their doctors
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A majority of voters support "Medicare for all" if they can keep their doctors, even if that means a diminished role for private insurance, a new poll finds. 

The Morning Consult/Politico survey reports that 55 percent of voters support a Medicare for all system when told it would diminish the role of private insurers but that people could keep their doctors. 

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When respondents are only told that Medicare for all would diminish the role of private insurers, the share supporting the idea falls to 46 percent. 

The poll comes as Democratic presidential candidates are battling over how far to go towards a government-run, Medicare-for-all system, and whether to leave a significant role for private insurers. 

Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden endorses Texas Democratic House candidate Julie Oliver Ocasio-Cortez rolls out Twitch channel to urge voting Calls grow for Democrats to ramp up spending in Texas MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden endorses Texas Democratic House candidate Julie Oliver Democratic senators unveil bill to ban discrimination in financial services industry Obama endorses Espy in Mississippi Senate race MORE (D-Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisObama to campaign for Biden in Florida Biden appears on Brené Brown's podcast to discuss 'empathy, unity and courage' The Hill's Campaign Report: Obama to hit the campaign trail l Biden's eye-popping cash advantage l New battleground polls favor Biden MORE (D-Calif.) are all supporting a system of government insurance for everyone, leaving only a very small role for supplemental private insurance. 

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida Supreme Court reinstates ban on curbside voting in Alabama MORE and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegLGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress Buttigieg says it's time to 'turn the page' on Trump administration Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 MORE, by contrast, are supporting giving people the option to get government-run insurance, while also letting private insurance remain for those who want it. 

The poll finds that overall support for Medicare for all — when people are not told anything about private insurers or doctors — is 53 percent of voters. 

That includes 77 percent of Democrats, 50 percent of Independents, and 27 percent of Republicans.