A majority of the people responding to a new poll say they oppose the Donald Trump/Paul Ryan plan to privatize the Medicare system.
According to Morning Consult, 55 percent of voters say that Medicare should continue on its current successful path, while only 29 percent support transforming it into a private system. Ryan and other Republicans have used the euphemism “premium support” to describe the process of turning over the Medicare system to private, for-profit companies that would prioritize their own profits over patient health and safety.
Morning Consult notes that the option to transform Medicare has remained at the same level of unpopularity, with a November 2014 Kaiser Family Foundaiton report showing only 26 percent supporting privatization.
Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), Trump’s choice to run the Health and Human Services department, has expressed support for the privatization program.