On Wednesday, Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Katie Porter, and Pramila Jayapal joined former insurance industry executive and now “Medicare for all” advocate Wendell Potter in an online strategy session to “chart the path forward” for health reform under a Biden administration.
The trio of liberal lawmakers pressed ahead with their demand for single-payer healthcare. “More and more Americans, even Republicans, are increasing in their support for a Medicare for All system and guaranteeing healthcare as a human right in the United States,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
Polling does indeed indicate that a slight majority of people in the U.S. favor “Medicare for all.” Once they learn about the trade-offs, though, they quickly change their tune.
To start, Ocasio-Cortez overestimates the popularity of her ideas on the right side of the aisle. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, just 21% of Republicans support “Medicare for all.” Just 4 in 10 Republicans support federal efforts of any kind to expand insurance