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Politics Nearly 60% of Democrats more likely to support universal healthcare amid coronavirus outbreak

16:55  16 march  2020
16:55  16 march  2020 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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Democrats say coronavirus pandemic is making them more supportive of universal health care coverage. The poll shows that 39% of Democrats are “ much more likely ” to support universal coverage as they weigh concerns related to coronavirus , or COVID-19, which originated in Wuhan

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Nearly 60% of Democrats say they're more likely to support universal healthcare coverage amid the spread of the coronavirus, according to a new poll.

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The survey, published by the Morning Consult on Sunday, found 39% of Democrats are “much more likely” to support universal healthcare because of the COVID-19 outbreak and 20% of Democrats are “somewhat more likely” to support the coverage.

Nearly 30% of Democrats polled said they “were neither more nor less likely” to support universal healthcare.

“As COVID-19 looms over the election, the poll suggests Democrats — who seized a House majority in 2018 in part by highlighting the Trump administration’s failure to reduce the share of uninsured and demonstrated commitment to undermining the Affordable Care Act — will have a strong argument for proposals to expand health care to all, in the context of an infectious disease outbreak that does not discriminate,” Morning Consult said.

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The study shows more than 2 in 5 adults are now more likely to support universal healthcare. Thirty-five percent of adults said the virus has not changed their likelihood of supporting the government providing health coverage to all people in the United States, and 12% said the outbreak has made them less likely to support the health proposals.

Republicans polled were 14% “much more likely” to support universal care, with 11% “somewhat more likely.” However, 21% of Republicans were “much less likely” to support the government providing healthcare for all.

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As of Monday morning, there were more than 3,770 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the U.S. and 69 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.

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The Morning Consult poll was conducted online from March 12-13 with 2,000 participants and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

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