Just months after national liberals enthusiastically endorsed the radical health care scheme known as “Medicare for All,” support for the program is evaporating as Americans learn more about it.
Kicking off a nationwide education campaign, One Nation launched its first, multimillion-dollar wave of broadcast, cable, and online advertising to inform the public about the pitfalls of Medicare for All in June. One Nation announced a second $4 million national advertising blitz beginning at the end of July and stretching through the month of August in specific states.
In the wake of such scrutiny and criticism, support for Medicare for All is rapidly waning. A new deep dive by Alan Abramowitz of Sabato’s Crystal Ball shows the idea has become less popular among the broader American public as they have learned more about it.
And economists, healthcare experts, and journalists have not been kind to Medicare for All, particularly in the wake of Senator Elizabeth Warren’s plan to pay for the program that was widely panned as unrealistic.
- Jim Kessler: “The gap between what she says it will cost and what it will really cost is in the trillions of dollars, and the middle class will be on the hook to fill that gap.”
- Steven Rattner: “Senator Elizabeth Warren has unveiled her vision for how to pay for ‘Medicare for all’ – a daunting mountain of new taxes and fees… Talk about expansionary government.”
- Jared Bernstein: “This debate, this is basically like saying, ‘I’m going to buy a unicorn and I’m going to pay for it with a unicorn.'”
- Brian Riedl: “While Warren claims no middle-class tax increases, virtually all economists would agree that much of these new business taxes would be passed on to workers and consumers.”
- Megan McArdle: “Warren’s assumptions are crazier than keeping a pet rhinoceros, after which, who cares that her calculator works?”
“The most important thing One Nation has done in 2019 is discredit a liberal scheme to destroy private health insurance and the Medicare program in order to take control of Americans’ health care. Now liberals have retreated to no less dangerous schemes to control our health care and dump people into Medicare at a slower rate. We’re not going to stop criticizing these bad liberal ideas.” -One Nation Communications Director Jack Pandol