Data for Progress unsurprisingly has some interesting data on widespread support for Medicare for Kids.
First off, the proposal is very popular-and not just with Democrats.
whether or not Medicare-for-All ultimately comes to fruition, there is one logical place to start expanding coverage: America’s children.
Recent polling by Data for Progress found broad popular support for Medicare for Kids. Fifty-four percent of those surveyed support the idea, while just 27 percent are opposed. Among registered Democrats, Medicare for Kids is a no-brainer, garnering 80 percent support, including 60 percent who strongly support the idea. Medicare for Kids also has majority support (52 percent) among independents. And it has particularly strong support among African-Americans, who back Medicare for Kids by a 50 point margin.
Secondly, it’s cheap and easy to implement on the existing health care system.
For some perspective, over 40 percent of all American children are already covered by public health insurance programs. The rest could be covered at relatively little cost because they are generally cheap to insure: children make up a quarter of the U.S. population, but generate less than 12 percent of total health care spending.
Despite how cheap they are to insure, kids, especially younger ones, are incredibly expensive to insure privately. This is one of the big costs for my god daughters parents. A few thousand more a year in health care deductions. Right now in my job, it is 3x as expensive to go on a family plan than an individual one.
This would be an easy and popular way to get healthcare to more people while driving down middle class expenses. It would be more politically popular and easier to implement than Medicare for All. It would also put the GOP on the defensive.