Americans may be pre-programmed to fear the s-word, but what happens you pitch socialist ideas, like Medicare-for-All? What happens when you work hard to make the case for socialist programs? Well, sometimes even the Fox News audience gets on board. Check out this story:
When President Donald Trump’s favorite right-wing television program “Fox & Friends” launched a Twitter poll on Tuesday asking whether the benefits of Medicare for All “outweigh the costs,” they likely didn’t expect 73 percent of the nearly 32,000 respondents to answer yes—but that’s precisely what happened.
“Bernie Sanders’ ‘Medicare for all’ bill estimated to cost $32.6 trillion, new study says. Would the benefits outweigh the costs?” the survey asked, referencing a recent Koch Brothers-funded study that found Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) universal healthcare program would save $2 trillion over ten years—a fact that “Fox & Friends” conveniently neglected to mention in both its poll and its coverage of the new analysis.
Despite the misleading framing “Fox & Friends” deployed, the results of the unscientific survey were overwhelming.
I kind of didn’t believe this story, at first. So I went over to the Fox & Friends Twitter page and scrolled through — and lo and behold, after scrolling through tweets on how Democrats hate patriotism and how lucky America is to have Trump as President, I found it. I had to laugh. Amidst all of the right-wing, pro-Trump propaganda on the Fox & Friends Twitter page, there was this one tweet where 73% of the Fox & Friends Twitter audience overwhelmingly went to the left!
Medicare-for-All is a great plan and a political winner. It is also, perhaps, the single issue that all Democrats can and should unite together, to beat back the Trump/Republican MAGA movement.