We Should Be Intensely Focused On Vaccinating 75%+ Of The U.S. Adult Population Now, Rather Than Waiting For Kids To Become Eligible

The U.S. is making extraordinary progress on the administering COVID-19 vaccines. Less than four months after Pfizer became the first company to have its vaccine receive approval for use in the U.S., more than 40% of adults in the U.S. have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

But while we are making incredible progress, we are going to increasingly run into vaccine hesitancy/reluctance and reach a point where supply begins to outpace demand (in some…

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America’s Medicaid programs have a big problem; but not for the reasons you might think. One of the most underappreciated, under-reported, and consequential challenges facing Medicaid programs across the country is the significant level of leadership turnover. Among the 51 programs across the country — including all 50 states and the District of Columbia — the median tenure of a Medicaid Director is less than two years. 70 percent of Medicaid Directors have been in their positions for under three years and fewer than 15 percent have been on the job more than five. …

-Jarrett Lewis and Nathan Bays

“Our privacy is being attacked on multiple fronts” — Tim Cook, June, 2015

Over the last few years, data privacy has emerged as a highly covered and widely debated issue, both domestically and abroad. Cambridge Analytica, Europe’s sweeping privacy laws, and the announcement that 48 state attorney generals are investigating Google for practices that include misuse of consumer data are just a few representative examples of an issue that will continue to grow in importance to society and policymakers. …

While change will occur in the political and policy arenas between now and next November, one thing is certain — healthcare will play a leading role in the 2020 election. The healthcare issue set is vast and includes costs, reproductive rights, the opioid epidemic, and data privacy to name a few; however, it will be Medicare-For-All at the heart of the discussion. Reflective of a broader debate over the future of healthcare in the U.S., Medicare-For-All has received considerable attention from both the media and politicians alike. Yet despite the publicity, there are diverging opinions on where Americans truly stand on the issue.

Through a review of twenty-eight national surveys conducted over the last two years, we can begin to uncover how Americans feel about Medicare-For-All. An in-depth examination of the data reveals what they understand, what they don’t understand, and how public opinion shifts when the discussion moves beyond a campaign slogan and into the practical implications of a policy that could fundamentally alter U.S. healthcare.

Source: The Hill

Key Takeaways:

  1. Top line support for Medicare-For-All is high, but Americans don’t understand what it entails.
  2. Support drops when Americans learn about the details and its potentially adverse effects, especially the elimination of private insurance coverage.

Jarrett Lewis

Father. Husband. Partner @ Public Opinion Strategies, focused on all things health care.

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