Poll: Plurality of Voters Support Privatizing Medicare

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April 22 2011 11:38 AM

Poll: Plurality of Voters Support Privatizing Medicare

Phil Klein hones in on the first accurate question asked about Paul Ryan's Medicare plan, asked in the NYT/CBS poll.

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The question is not about "ending Medicare." It's not about cuts. It's about privatization. And by a 6-point margin more people support privatization to "reduce the budget deficit." Now, what's left unasked in the question is what voters would think if they payed more for health care in a privatized system.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.