In Iowa, Single-Payer Style of ‘Medicaid For All,’ Loses Ground

Proposals to eliminate private health insurance in favor of a single payer version of “Medicare for All” may be losing ground on the campaign trail in Iowa, home of the first-in-the nation Democratic caucuses.

A new Monmouth University poll shows a majority of likely Iowa Democratic “caucusgoers want a public option rather than a ‘Medicare for All’ type” of healthcare coverage that would eliminate private insurance.

“A majority (56%) of likely Iowa Democratic caucusgoers say they would prefer to allow people to opt into Medicare, while just 21% say they want a Medicare for All type of system with no private insurance,” the poll from the Monmouth University Polling Institute said.

But Iowa Democrats do want to see more choices alongside the Affordable Care Act, which expanded healthcare coverage to more than 20 million Americans by selling subsidized individual policies on public exchanges and by expanding Medicaid for poor Americans in states that opted to take advantage of federal dollars.