Study Suggests U.S. Public Increasingly Supports Government-Run Health System

December 08, 2017

Forty-seven percent of Americans support replacing the current health care system with a new government-run system, according to a Gallup poll released this week.  On the other hand, forty-eight percent prefer to maintain the current system that is based mostly on private health insurance.  This is the smallest percentage-gap in Gallup's seven-year trend of conducting the poll, which began in 2010, showing a 27 percentage-point gap in favor of the current private insurance system.  However, public support for a single-payer health care system may vary based on the terms used in the polling.  For example, the Kaiser Family Foundation's November Health Tracking Poll shows that 62 percent of respondents had a positive reaction to the term "Medicare-for-all," followed by "universal health coverage" (61 percent), and "national health plan" (57 percent).  Fewer reported a positive reaction to "single-payer health insurance system" (48 percent) and "socialized medicine" (44 percent).