OBAMA & REPUBLICANS HAVE SABOTAGED SUPPORT FOR SINGLE PAYER
Fifty-two percent believe such a system would lead to a lower quality of care while 13% believe care would improve. Twenty-seven percent think that the quality of care would remain about the same.
Forty-five percent also say a single-payer system would lead to higher health care costs while 24% think lower costs would result. Nineteen percent think prices would remain about the same.
There's wide political disagreement over the single-payer issue. Sixty-two percent of Democrats favor a single-payer system, but 87% of Republicans are opposed to one. As for those not affiliated with either major party, 22% favor a single-payer approach while 63% are opposed.
As recently as March a CBS-New York Times poll found that 59% of Americans answer yes to the question: "Should the government in Washington provide national health insurance, or is this something that should be left only to private enterprise?" This paralleled a poll a year earlier that found that 64% said the federal government should guarantee health insurance for all Americans.
Since March there has been a concentrated effort by the Democratic extremist middle - led by Barack Obama - and the Republican right to undermine support for single payer as they met the demands of private insurers. It seems to have worked.