Bernie Sanders’ Debate Performance May Have Helped Sell ‘Medicare for All’ to Voters

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images.

Bernie Sanders’ performance during the first round of Democratic debates may have helped sell voters on his ‘Medicare for All’ proposal.

According to a CNN poll conducted just after the debates, Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents see Sanders as the candidate strongest on health care, even though many indicated a preference for the types of private health care options ‘Medicare for All’ would eliminate. Sanders leads with 26 percent on health care, as compared to former Vice President Joe Biden (18 percent) and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (16 percent).

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Despite Sanders’ calls for eliminating private insurance, the progressive candidate tops the pack with a 27 percent approval rating among those who favor a national plan but want to keep some private insurance options. Three out of 10 of the Democrats polled said they want a national plan to completely replace private insurance.

Both nights of the Democratic debates focused heavily on health care policy, with Sanders and Warren both raising their hands when asked by a moderator which candidates onstage supported abolishing private insurance plans.

“I’m with Bernie on Medicare for All,” said Warren to applause from the audience.

Bernie Sanders’ Debate Performance May Have Helped Sell ‘Medicare for All’ to Voters