Gallup: Majority Say Health Care Shouldn’t Be Government’s Responsibility


“For the first time in Gallup trends since 2000, a majority of Americans say it is not the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage.,” reports Gallup. “Prior to 2009, a majority always felt the government should ensure healthcare coverage for all, though Americans’ views have become more divided in recent years.”

Here’s the trend line on the poll. You’ll note that the shift occurs right around the time President Obama took office and started pushing Obamacare:

It’s mostly Republicans and independents who are responsible for the shift, but a 10% drop in support for government health care solutions among Democrats is nothing to sneeze at either:

Republicans, including Republican-leaning independents, are mostly responsible for the drop since 2007 in Americans’ support for government ensuring universal health coverage. In 2007, 38% of Republicans thought the government should do so; now, 12% do. Among Democrats and Democratic leaners there has been a much smaller drop, from 81% saying the government should make sure all Americans are covered in 2007 to 71% now.

What people are learning is that, while health insurance and health care are an expensive mess, government solutions to those problems are only going to make things worse. Getting insurance/care is going to be a more complicated process under Obamacare. The mandates Obamacare puts in place on doctors and insurance companies are going to make things more, not less, expensive. And flexibility insurance/care consumers might enjoy is going to be ended.

The surest thing to change people’s minds about government-run health care is exposure to government-run health care.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • SigFan

    But it’s for your own good – Comrade.

    It is interesting that the majority think this, but it won’t make a dent in Obama and the Democrats determination to shove this down the collective throats of the public. Because for them it’s not about wanting people to have health insurance, it’s about government control of health care and subsequently every aspect of your life. Welcome to the brave new world.

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    • RCND

      From your link:

      “National exit polls conducted on election day found 26 percent of voters wanted the law expanded, 18 percent want it left as-is, 27 percent wanted to repeal some of the law and 25 percent wanted to repeal all of it.”

      Only 44% liked the law enough to leave it alone or expand it more. 52% want all or some of it gone. When people start paying more for their premiums, expect that 52% number to climb even more

      • Guest

        Also from the link: More saw the law favorably than unfavorably, which destroys your conceptions about the law’s popularity. You can’t just combine the categories of those who want all or some of it gone to make your side look bigger than it does. A person who wants everything gone versus a person who mistakenly believes it cut Medicare are completely different. Go ahead and combine them though, if it makes you feel better. Premiums going up is a joke. They didn’t go up faster in Massachusetts. And there’s no logical reason then would go up since more people are paying into the system. I can understand why you would cling to delusion and speculation though since your positions are so meritless.

  • mikemc1970

    Ten million new people on the medical rolls, all without adding a single doctor or nurse to the system and hemorrhaging the doctors / nurses we currently have. Having to pay more in order to receive less value is the socialist/liberal/progressive way.

    • Davo

      It’d be much better for us all if the poor just died in their homes.

      • mikemc1970

        It would be better if Democrats pulled their heads out of their bundlers colon and just did the right thing and actually made medical attention cost less instead of continually screwing over the poor for their trial lawyers cronies.

  • kevindf

    Obama is using health care to redistribute income and assets.

  • Davo

    Two thirds of the country believe the US healthcare system has major problems. 77% are dissatisfied with the cost of healthcare.
    Can anyone point to a single Republican who has proposed doing ANYTHING with our healthcare system to change those numbers?

    • mikemc1970

      Herman Cain. He’s the only one who suggested any sort of tort reform. Which would reduce costs dramatically and allow more people to afford healthcare on what they already make.

    • RCND

      Just because they believe it has problems does not mean the government can — or has the ability to — intercede to improve it

    • alanstorm

      What’s your point? Obamacare is not the best – or the only – way to fix any real problems.

      And if you are unhappy with the cost of health care, then you do NOT want the government to do something about it. The cost of health care started to out pace inflation in the late 60’s – after the passage of Medicare and Medicaid. Not a coincidence.

      • Davo

        The cost of health care in European countries–socialist havens!–is roughly half ours.

        I bet that one is a coincidence, though.