America’s private health insurance system is beyond saving, we’re often told by advocates of Medicare for All. As they see it, the only path forward is to abolish private coverage and replace it with a single government-run program.
But that radical proposal is divorced from reality. New polling data show that most Americans are satisfied with their coverage. And privately insured individuals are especially happy with their health plans.
This fact ought to be central to our healthcare debate. And yet, single-payer absolutists would rather suppress this truth — and subvert the patients’ preferences — than give up their ideological commitment to socialized medicine.