Poll shows most Americans support a national health plan

Republicans are struggling to come up with a replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that won’t cost them political capital or even control of Congress in 2018, with House Speaker Paul Ryan informing GOP lawmakers to expect no vote this week on new healthcare legislation.

An Economist/YouGov poll conducted in April underscores the political danger Republicans face in replacing the ACA (also known as Obamacare) with a healthcare bill that could result in millions of Americans losing coverage.

The survey shows that a clear majority of U.S. adults – and nearly half of all Republicans surveyed – support expanding Medicare or creating a federally funded health system that provides coverage for all Americans.

Sixty percent of respondents said they would support expanding Medicare to provide health insurance for every American. Here’s how support broke down by political affiliation:

75% -- Democrats

58% -- Independents

46% -- Republicans

Slightly more respondents (61%) said they support creating a federally funded health insurance system that covered every American. Support by political affiliation was:

80% -- Democrats

58% -- Independents

43% -- Republicans

Support for Medicare expansion and single-payer was strong in every income category. Medicare expansion was supported by adults with family incomes of less than $50,000 (63%), $50,000 to $100,000 (58%), and more than $100,000 (63%). A single-payer system was supported by 65% of respondents in families with less than $50,000 in annual income, 57% of those in families with income between $50,000 and $100,000, and 60% of those in families with annual incomes in excess of $100,000.

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