How do Americans feel about single-payer health care? It’s complicated.

In the wake of the collapse of the Republican health-care proposal on Friday, there was an instantaneous effort by the progressive left to pick up the fumble and return it for a touchdown. As The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel reported, some Democrats quickly saw the failure as an opportunity to advance a long-held objective: a national, single-payer, health-care system matching those in countries such as Canada and Britain.

That effort was bolstered by tweets like this one, from progressive filmmaker Michael Moore.

“Remember this poll,” he tweeted, “the majority AGREE!”

But it’s not that simple.

Moore links to an article from The Post published in May, as the Democratic nominating contest was wrapping up. That article looked at polling from Gallup that presented respondents with a series of nonexclusive options for how the American health-care system might move forward: federally centralized health care, a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (i.e., Obamacare) or keeping Obamacare as the system.

Of those three, federally funded health care — that is, single-payer — was the most popular, with 58 percent support.


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