Earlier in the year the state of Vermont passed a truly progressive health care reform law that puts the state on a path to eventually creating a single payer like universal health care system. The new health care law currently enjoys plurality support in the state according to a new PPP poll.
Do you support or oppose Vermont’s single payer health care law?
Not Sure…. 26%
Not surprisingly the issue is heavily divided along partisan lines. By a margin of 64%-12% Democrats strongly support it, Republican overwhelmingly oppose it 6%-74%, and Iindependents leaning slightly towards support 38%-31%.
The one concerning thing about the poll is the large number of people who remain undecided about the new law. Because of the Affordable Care Act, it is likely the Vermont’s new health care system won’t be fully implemented until 2017.
We know from both national and international data that a single-payer health care system tend to be extremely popular with individuals once they have been implemented. Yet, the long delay before the plan will go fully into effect could allow opponents to spend years trying to harden opinions against it before the people of Vermont ever get a chance to judge it based on how well it actually works.
The poll should be a message to progressive activists in Vermont and Gov. Peter Shumlin. Even though the law was passed, it is critical to keep up the outreach explaining to regular people why this reform is so important.