Americans Satisfied With Their Current Health Coverage, Lean Against Single Payer, Finds New PRI Survey…
By Patricia Cohen and Reed Abelson
May 25, 2018
If wholesale opposition to President Trump is one litmus test for progressive Democrats, another — as the governor’s race in California is proving — is health care.
All the leading Democratic contenders in the June 5 primary have pledged support for a single-payer system run by the state. The front-runner, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the former mayor of San Francisco, has made it the centerpiece of his campaign.
“There’s no reason to wait around on universal health care and single-payer in California,” he has declared.
Even beyond California, many Democrats are hoping to energize supporters by taking a cue from Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign, which embraced a single-payer system, “Medicare for All.” But the idea primarily functions as a rallying cry.