US poll finds strong support for Medicare and Medicaid

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 22 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4010
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

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 …

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