Single payer healthcare debate takes the stage in managed care

The national debate over single payer healthcare recurred in an unexpected locale: the annual National Health Policy Conference held by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), a managed care industry organization, which took place March 7-8, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

Two of the advocates in the eloquent and occasionally fiery debate cited recent surveys: Douglas Holtz-Eakin, PhD, president of the American Action Forum said that a survey of 1,100 likely voters his organization had commissioned in February found that 51% of respondents opposed single payer healthcare, while 41% were in favor of it.

To the contrary, said Larry Levitt, senior vice president for special projects at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation in Meno Park, California, his organization had been conducting surveys on the topic which found that 54% of adults favor single payer, while 43% oppose it. “The number has been growing modestly over time” since 1998, added Levitt.

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