Grim News for Middle Ground in the Endless Health Care Wars — Political Death for Harris and Warren Who Squished-Out on Sanders’ Medicare for All
The Morning Consult is reputable and considered by the media to have reliable polling. This is why their conclusion from polling that: “the Massachusetts senator’s proposal to create a public option as a transition to Medicare for All is less popular among both Democrats and the full electorate than Medicare for All itself” will be disconcerting to those inside-the-beltway and who are part of the medical-industrial complex. (Italics and bold for emphasis added.)
The conventional wisdom that Senator Warren’s pivot to an intermediate step before full Medicare for All would be more popular, would be regarded by voters as a more serious approach to health care reform and more fiscally responsible, was, in fact, wrong.
Senator Warren’s precipitous decline in the polls, like Senator Harris’s, began when they both began walking back/backing off their support for Sanders’ Medicare for All plan.
Formulated slightly more clearly: squishing out after you saying you back Sanders Medicare for All, is political death:
“In the days following the unveiling of her plan, Warren’s surge stalled and reversed, particularly among Democrats whose top priority heading to the polls is health care. And according to a new Morning Consult survey of 1,997 registered voters, the Massachusetts senator’s proposal to create a public option as a transition to Medicare for All is less popular among both Democrats and the full electorate than Medicare for All itself, suggesting she may be taking a risk in the primary without the promise of a more incremental approach giving her an edge, come the general election.
“Democrats prefer Medicare for All over temporarily preserving private insurance before introducing Medicare for All legislation after three years, by a margin of 11 points (72 percent to 61 percent). Among all voters surveyed in the poll, which did not identify that strategy as Warren’s, the 52 percent majority that backs Medicare for All outpaces the 46 percent backing Warren’s transition plan. The margin of error is 2 percentage points, while the Democratic subsample is 4 points.”
And so, it is no surprise that Senator Sanders is now sitting in second place in the National polls, in second place in the Iowa polls and in second place in New Hampshire polls. Sanders is in third in Nevada missing second place to Warren by a mere 0.2 points and is in third in South Carolina too.
Turns out, voters would rather have the real Sanders Medicare for All plan, than wanna-be-Sanders plan Senators, who cave on Medicare for All under political pressure.
And that political lesson means the ideological extremes in the endless health care war have just been reinforced, and the middle has just been politically shredded.
To wit, the rise of Sanders in the primary polls and the rising public support for Medicare or All and the public option from Morning Consult, show a much more radicalized American electorate on health care than the Washington, D.C. swamp or the mainstream media are acknowledging:
It seems the millions being spent on ads against Medicare for All and the public option by the anti-Medicare-for-All coalition is not helping to politically contain the proposal or decrease its popularity.
So, there is that.