US poll finds strong support for Medicare and MedicaidBMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4010 (Published 22 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4010
- Michael McCarthy
As the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid approaches, a new poll has found strong public support for both US government health insurance plans.
The survey,1 conducted by the non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation, found that 77% of respondents considered Medicare a “very important” program—a similar proportion to the 73% who considered US military and defense programs very important. A somewhat smaller but substantial majority, 63%, said that they considered Medicaid to be very important.
The two health programs were signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on 30 July 1965. Medicare, a …