January 28th, 2010
09:33 AM ET
5 years ago

CNN Fact Check: Is GOP governor right when he says most Americans do not want to turn over medical care to government?

(CNN) - In the Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said, "All Americans agree, we need a health care system that is affordable, accessible, and high quality. But most Americans do not want to turn over the best medical care system in the world to the federal government."

The CNN Fact Check Desk could find no evidence to support that most Americans oppose turning over the medical care system to the federal government, or that they had even been asked the question. Furthermore, there is no proposal to do so.

What we did find is a CNN/Opinion Poll Research Corporation Poll conducted January 8-10 of this year that showed most Americans actually favored the creation of a public health insurance option administered by the federal government that would compete with plans offered by private health insurance companies. With a sampling error of +/-3 percentage points, 54 percent of respondents were in favor, and 46 percent were opposed.


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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Mike

    I would rather get rid of the government that wants to take control of my health insurance.

    January 28, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. nancy

    I'm a Canadian and I love my healthcare system. I can access my primary physician when I want, I have access to first class care and yes, I don't have to worry about paying for my next surgery.We Canadians are happy to pay for our healthcare system through taxation.While I prefer small government and low tax rates, I understand that healthcare, just like water,is not something humans should do without and am happy to pay more out of my paycheck to help those who need it the most. What amazes me is that Americans are ready to help other countries in distress (such as Haiti and that is great) while some don't want to help each other get more affordable healthcare.

    January 29, 2010 12:16 am at 12:16 am |