What happened?

A disconcerting new survey found that nearly half of Americans support a single-payer health care system and just 35 percent oppose the idea. The POLITICO/Morning Consult poll found that 49 percent of voters support “a single-payer health care system, where all Americans would get their health insurance from one government plan.”

What should we learn from this?

Words and phrasing matter. When asked if they supported a “government-run health insurance agency” as opposed to “single-payer,” the percentage of people who said “yes” dropped slightly to 44 percent.


Glenn’s take:

People who have been trying to protect our country from a health care system that works like the Veterans Administration or Venezuela have failed. Americans have clearly not heard a winning message if they think socialized health care is the answer.

“Conservatives or libertarians, constitutionalists, have not done their job,” Glenn said. “We haven’t done the hard work of educating people and every time we do, we’re speaking a language that they’re just not hearing.”

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GLENN: There is a new poll that shows that nearly half of Americans now support a single-payer system.

Think of that, the fundamental transformation of America. Nearly half now say a government system, like the VA, is okay. That’s 49 percent of Americans, to be exact. Only 35 percent say they oppose such a plan.

Wow. Now, if you look at this, it should tell us a couple of things: One, it’s a warning. Two, it’s a lesson for the way forward.

So let’s first start with the warning. The fact that at first glance nearly half of Americans say they would support a single-payer system means that conservatives, Libertarians, constitutionalists, have not done their job.

We haven’t done the hard work of educating people. And every time we do, we’re speaking a language that they’re just not hearing. It’s not working, what we’re doing.

Because when you — when this happens and people aren’t seeing the pitfalls of a one-size-fits-all health care system, the American idea is gone.

But if you look deeper in the polling, you find a lesson for the way forward. And there is actually a poll from earlier this summer that found a clear majority, 55 percent to be exact, supported a single-payer system.

But that poll also found that once people were educated about the reality of single-payer, higher taxes, giving up their employer-sponsored plans, and a government-run plan, opposition goes up to 61 percent.

So once they’re educated, 61 percent oppose the single-payer once they really know what it means. That’s our lesson.

And to not shout it and to not use hyperbole. But to actually just teach it. Education, education, education.

The truth is, Americans don’t know what single-payer means. But the truth is even more: They don’t what fascism, communism, socialism, progressivism — they don’t know what populism means.

Once they do, they’re not real fans. So the lesson we take from this is, it is our full-time job to find out different ways of presenting the truth. Not our truth. The truth. And let people be educated and decide for themselves.