Much of the state’s Democratic establishment, led by Governor Hickenlooper, a Clinton Super Delegate, believes Obamacare should be improved, not overturned with a hugely expensive single-payer system ($25 billion annually is listed in the initiative title).
Frank Newport of Gallup wrote a recent analysis of the level of support for a government-run system vs. a private system, and government lost with 40 percent to 55 percent for a private system.
Other data points reinforce the challenge the concept faces in November:
- Barely a majority of the public accepts that government has responsibility for Americans’ health care coverage (51% yes to 47% no).
- The public in general is positive about their coverage, but the public is very polarized in its support and opposition to Obamacare (a plurality driven by most Republicans who oppose it).
See The Buzz: Single-Payer Divides Democratic Party – Colorado Public Radio, John Daley