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Chart of Americans’ Support


Over half of Americans want national single-payer health care, Improved Medicare for All.

That fact was documented in 2007, as per the bar chart below.

That fact has been confirmed multiple times since that time, in 2008, 2009, 2010.

Examples of the wording in polls in 2007: "... adopt a universal health insurance program in which everyone is covered under a program like Medicare that is run by the government and financed by taxpayers" (65% yes) and " ... federal government should guarantee health insurance for all." (64% yes)


 

Over half of Americans support single-payer health care,
Improved Medicare for All.
Results of eight poll / survey questions:
65%, 54%, 53%, 55%, 64%, 60%, 64%, 47%

U.S. Congress Support for Single-Payer

Results, top to bottom:  65%, 54%, 53%, 55%, 64%, 60%, 64%, 47%

Conclusion:  "over half" is a conservative value for how many Americans want universal health care,
national single-payer health care, Improved Medicare for All.

65%
— Associated Press - Yahoo — 65% — Dec 2007
— Question ISS14. The United States should adopt a universal health insurance program in which everyone is covered under a program like Medicare that is run by the government and financed by taxpayers: 65% yes; 34% no; 2% refused / not answered

54%
— Associated Press - Yahoo — 54% — Dec 2007
— Question ISS15. Do you consider yourself a supporter of a single-payer health care system, that is a national health plan financed by taxpayers in which all Americans would get their insurance from a single government plan, or not?: 54% yes; 44% no; 2% refused / not answered

53%
— Los Angeles Times / Bloomberg [pdf] — 53% — Oct 2007
— Create a government-run, government-financed health insurance program that would cover all Americans: 53% agree, 36% disagree, 11% don’t know.

55%
— CBS News Poll — 55 %— Sept 2007
— one health insurance program covering all Americans that would be administered by the government and paid for by taxpayers (55%); keeping the current system where many people get their insurance from private employers and some have no insurance (29%); not sure (9%)

64%
— CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll — 64% — May 2007
— “Do you think the government should provide a national health insurance program for all Americans, even if this would require higher taxes?”

60%
— National Small Business Association — 60% — Mar 2007
— federally-funded, government administered health care system financed through taxes in which everyone has health care coverage for all medically necessary treatment and procedures

64%
— The New York Times / CBS News[pdf] — 64% — Feb 2007
— federal government should guarantee health insurance for all

47%
— The New York Times / CBS News[pdf] — 47% — Feb 2007
— one health insurance program for all administered by the government vs. 38% keep current system where many people get their insurance from private employers and some have no insurance

— Related topic: concern of Americans about the uninsured. The New York Times / CBS News[pdf]
— Page 15, Question 25 — 95% — Feb 2007
— serious problem that many Americans do not have health insurance

 

 

 

 

Confirmation of Americans' opinion:

59% via NY Times / CBS News Poll in 2009

67% via ballot questions in Massachusetts in 2008 and 2010

NY Times / CBS News Poll

Confirmation in 2009 that over half of Americans support having non-profit national health insurance

“Americans are more likely today to embrace the idea of the government providing health insurance than they were 30 years ago. 59% of Americans say the government should provide national health insurance, including 49% who say such insurance should cover all medical problems.” — bolding was added.

The Question. “Should the government in Washington provide national health insurance, or is this something that should be left only to private enterprise?”

Poll results of February 1, 2009:
    32% Private enterprise
    59% Government
     9% Don’t know

See the complete New York Times/CBS News poll which provides the above confirmation that over half of Americans want national health insurance.

 

Massachusetts Ballot Box Voting

       In Massachusetts non-binding ballot question
          67% voted for single-payer, Improve Medicare for All
          in 2008 and 2010 ballot question(s)

 

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