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Capitol Correspondence - 06.24.19

Much Public Confusion Remains on Medicare for All Proposals

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ANCOR is sharing this summary of two surveys in Politico Pulse because we have been monitoring conversations around Medicare for All proposals’ potential effects on disability supports. Disability supports are mostly funded by Medicaid and may include programs for which Medicare does not have equivalents; ANCOR has been educating Congressional offices at their request on the disability perspective.

As written by Politico Pulse:

MEDICARE FOR WHO? — A pair of new surveys show that many people remain confused or misinformed as to what “Medicare for All” would entail, POLITICO’s Alice Miranda Ollstein writes.

One big mistake: 55 percent of respondents mistakenly believe that people with private insurance would be able to keep their current arrangement under Medicare for All, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll out today.

The poll also found that a majority of people incorrectly believe that people would have to keep paying deductibles, co-pays, and premiums under the plan. Under Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Pramila Jayapal‘s Medicare for All proposals, all services would be covered free of charge and private health insurance would be virtually eliminated.

Another problem: 60 percent of respondents incorrectly thought Medicare for All would be an optional buy-in system rather than a mandatory single-payer plan, according to another poll by the progressive Navigator Research. The poll also found that just 1 in 5 Americans were very confident they know what “Medicare for All” would mean for our health care system or their personal health care.

But Republicans were more likely than Democrats to correctly note that Medicare for All would eliminate most private insurance, according to the poll by Navigator Research. That’s a sign that Republicans’ relentless focus on the potential upheaval under Medicare for All may be working, Alice notes.”