President Donald Trump has railed against the idea of universal healthcare — typically referred to as Medicare for All or single-payer healthcare — but a recent poll shows that most Republicans are in favor of shifting the country toward such a program.
> More than half of Republicans in a new American Barometer poll say they support "Medicare for all," also known as a single-payer health-care system.
> The survey, conducted by Hill.TV and the HarrisX polling company, found that 52 percent of Republicans polled said they supported the option, while 48 percent said they opposed it.
Trump and other Republicans, however, have blasted the idea, saying it would fail if implemented, The Hill noted.
The president himself wrote an op-ed last month, widely criticized for its falsehoods, warning Americans against supporting universal healthcare.
> "In practice, the Democratic Party's so-called Medicare for All would really be Medicare for None," Trump wrote in a USA Today op-ed. "Under the Democrats' plan, today's Medicare would be forced to die."
But Republican attempts to discredit Medicare for All looks to be backfiring in a potentially unexpected way:
> [O]ther polling has shown that the increased attention on "Medicare for all" could be peeling away senior citizens' support of Republicans in the midterms.
> A Morning Consult survey released last week found that 52 percent of voters whose top issues are Medicare and Social Security said they would vote for a Democrat in the midterms.
> The American Barometer was conducted on October 19-20 among 1,000 registered voters. The sampling margin of error is 3.1 percentage points.