“Single-payer” cognitive dissonance

A telling chart from The AP (via The Atlantic). Many Americans who support single-payer healthcare like the idea of single-payer healthcare, but not the associated trade-offs.


I will grant, though, that four of the five points above aren’t really fair because most supporters of single-payer healthcare, I think, have in mind a single-payer system that 1) won’t require users to switch doctors, 2) won’t increase taxes, 3) won’t cause longer wait times, and 4) won’t delay new drug/treatment availability. But the third point–“People needed to give up other overage like employer coverage”–shows that almost almost one-third of single-payer supporters really don’t know what they’re advocating. If single-payer doesn’t mean people need to give up other coverage, then what does it mean?

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