Poll: Majority of Americans against government provided healthcare coverage
November 28th, 2012
01:07 PM ET
1 year ago

Poll: Majority of Americans against government provided healthcare coverage

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's re-election neutralized efforts by Republicans to overturn the Affordable Care Act and marks the continued implementation of the law, but a majority of Americans now say it's not the federal government's role to provide healthcare insurance coverage.

The Gallup poll indicates 54% of Americans believe guaranteed healthcare coverage is not the government's responsibility while 44% believe it is - the first time since 2000 the Gallup poll trend has shown a majority of Americans feel the government should not be responsible for providing healthcare insurance coverage for all Americans.

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Before 2009, a plurality of Americans believed the government should make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage but since then Americans have wavered in their support of the idea of government-guaranteed healthcare.

While the Affordable Care Act passed in March 2010, Obama's November 6 re-election victory paved the way to implementation of the remaining portions of the law. Prior to Obama re-election and following a Supreme Court June ruling upholding most of the president's initiative, the law allowed for patients with pre-existing conditions access to insurance and young adults to stay on their parents' insurance plans.

Now, in the next phase of its implementation, states are tasked with setting up affordable insurance exchanges, subsidizing coverage lower-income consumers. States can choose to set up their own exchanges or allow the federal government to manage their state's exchange.

Republicans see the law as a key part of on-going negotiations on how to tame the nation's debt. Republican and Democratic leaders are pressed to reach common ground before the end of the year deadline to avoid a series of automatic tax hikes and federal spending cuts that could knock the U.S. economy back into a recession.

The top Republican locked in the negotiations with congressional leaders and the president is House Speaker John Boehner. Boehner said portions of Obama's healthcare law, namely the part requiring states to subsidize insurance for lower-income earners, should be on the table as an option to balance the nation's budget.


Filed under: 2012 • Healthcare • President Obama
soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Israel has Universal Healthcare for all it's people and they have legalized marijuana, in addition we send Israel millions in defense funding because they are our allie. I don't understand the hypocrisy of some American people who support countries but don't believe in caring for their own.

    November 28, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. BLKMANinAmerica

    Right...................................not true, when asked if you were without medical coverage and got a fatel illness would you want the government to provide medical coverage for you...............ALL OF THE PEOPLE ANSWERED YES.

    November 28, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. wes

    MEDICARE is a government run medical care program. Without MEDICARE I would be dead right now. QED.

    November 28, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. Tom

    First, this is a Gallup poll - remember how well they did with the 2012 election? Ask President-elect Romney. The Democrats have failed, miserably, to combat the disinformation and flat-out lies about the ACA as well as other single-payer healthcare systems. I've often wondered how the ACA would have fared if Ted Kennedy had remained healthy. It seems like the program never had a strong advocate after the Democratic Congress passed it. Strangely people seem to like many of the provisions of the ACA - but they're less enthusiastic about the bill itself. The ACA is by no means perfect (due in large part to Republican obstructionism rather than offering meaningful input) but it's a step in the right direction.

    November 28, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. ma

    I do not trust gallup polls. If the polls were conducted by Nate Silver, i will be more confortable.

    November 28, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    They just reject "government run healthcare" yet they overwhelmeingly support Medicare. FreeDumb.

    November 28, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "So no Medicare and Medicaid? ask to vote on these"

    Let's talk brass tacks here. What we're probably looking at, if this poll is indeed even remotely accurate, is a bunch of odl white people on Medicare and/or Medicaid who equate the concept of "government provided health insurance" with "more free hand outs for lazy n-bombs." That's all. I mean, it's no secret that if you go to a Teatroll rally, you'll see angry elderly folks who used Medicare to get a free scooter yelling "keep the government's hands off my medicare" and other such paradoxical nonsense. Might as well poll a bowl of goldfish and give them the right to vote too if you're going to include those folks in the sampling.

    November 28, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "Boehner said portions of Obama's healthcare law, namely the part requiring states to subsidize insurance for lower-income earners, should be on the table as an option to balance the nation's budget."

    Teatroll Rosetta Stone says: "Come on, BO!!! Let us refuse health insurance to all those poor n-bombs as a means of getting them to move to blue states...that way we don't have to worry about our red states turning so brown they go blue!!!"

    November 28, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Boomer in Mo

    I say if you can't pay for your healthcare with insurance, Medicare, Medicaid or a big fat loan, DIE. Those who can't pay should be refused service just like they are in any other industry. I'm sick and tired of my insurance and my bills being 30 percent higher because unpaid bills get shoved into the overhead. Let the deadbeats die and get them out of the gene pool.

    November 28, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "As for Boehner's statement- Why is it that states can subsidizes billions in infrastructure improvements and tax breaks for companies and do nothing for its citizens. Those billions they give to those companies is money the public has to borrow"

    Well, that and, for example, the citizens of New York and Massachusetts are subsidizing the gifts states like SC and Mississippi give to corporations and rich citizens, etc. They're able to pull this crap because we'll still give those red states more federal aid than their citizens paid in federal taxes.

    Limit the maximum amount of federal aid a state can receive to the amount of federal taxes its citizens paid and watch who is suddenly looking for "handouts."

    November 28, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "I'm sick and tired of my insurance and my bills being 30 percent higher because unpaid bills get shoved into the overhead. "

    They get shoved into overhead because somany people are uninsured. You clearly don't understand the issue, tough guy.

    November 28, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. FajitaBob

    AAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHA!!! You had your chance a few short weeks ago, and you chose freebies over freedom–live with it!

    November 28, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. 2012liberal

    Watch what u ask 4 @boomer n ma u just might personally get what u ask 4! Laughable considering the state u say u r from MA!

    November 28, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. A 1% Wannabe

    These polls crack me up...what if 55% of the people polled favored taxing just the other 45%? This would make it the thing to do? Of course people are in favor of taxing someone else....

    November 28, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  15. Don W.

    Just because you have insurance coverage doesn't mean no chance of getting sick or injured; it guarantees that you will be cared for without bankrupting your loved ones.

    November 28, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. just sayin

    >Desmond. a Canadian
    >I do not see how US citizens can be against "Obamacare". Perhaps it needs to be explained to them better

    it has ben explained, many times, over and over. the lies and promises don't add up. it already costs 3 times what they said it would. a pig with lipstick is still just a pig. the american people aren't stupid, alhough they did vote for another 4 years of this nightmare.

    November 28, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  17. A Sneeky Drone

    That's okay, we aren't ready for a public option yet. The current mandate doesn't have a public option and we shood make sure it lowers health care costs before moving forward anyways

    November 28, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. Larry L

    Where is that country with top-notch healthcare where their government doesn't strongly influence the healthcare delivery system by serving as an advocate for the people? Name the country... Where is it?

    If you rely on the "free market" to deliver healthcare services you must:

    1. Assume you can determine if the healthcare your buying is the "best practices" for the patient or just the "most profitable" for insurance companies or HMOs. (Do you really know if that last MRI was necessary? Are the pills you're taking really helping or just providing huge income for a pharmaceutical firm? Was the surgery necessary or just profitable and easy for the provider? Do you know that? Really?)
    2. Assume the corporate healthcare providers AND the insurance companies to make the decision that's best for the patient rather than the bottom-line for the corporation's stockholders. (Feel good about the prospects of that outcome?)
    3. Assume everybody will buy insurance without a legal requirement because "it's the responsible thing to do". (This requires the uninsured to voluntarily not use the emergency room for primary care (including children) and have the costs passed on to the insured.)
    4. Assume you won't be rejected or dropped from coverage if your medical issue is too expensive. (Those developing diabetes or cancers can forget about coverage in a "free-market-only" system. You're just not a good financial risk.)
    5. Assume the current increase in healthcare costs of 7-9% will stop because of "free-market pressures". (Although these are the same market influences we've had in place for decades they would somehow change due to less government regulation and supervision... like the housing and banking markets?)

    November 28, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. just askin

    >Claudia, Houston, Tx
    >I don't understand the hypocrisy of some American people who support
    >countries but don't believe in caring for their own.

    federal government alone spends $3.5 trillion, states a bunch more. how much taking care of do you need or expect?

    November 28, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. Bob

    Obamacare is NOT govenment run health care........think people

    November 28, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. Me IN HOUSTON

    yeah...
    Well, what about a single payer public option to pay for healthcare?
    I wonder, what specific questions were asked during this poll.
    nobody ever wanted government provided healthcare
    We wanted government provided health insurance

    November 28, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Let the deadbeats die and get them out of the gene pool."

    Boomer, honey ... for a moment there I thought you were Paul Ryan. Be careful for what you wish for, sweetie. Karma has a way of kicking you in the butt when least expected.

    November 28, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  23. snoozie

    "Before 2009, a plurality of Americans believed the government should make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage but since then Americans have wavered in their support of the idea of government-guaranteed healthcare."

    Yeah, the republicans lied so much about what it would do, it scared everyone. But ask them if they like the components, and oh boy, do they!

    November 28, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. kickin back on the couch

    i also support all of the rich people buying cars for everybody. and i could use a new 60" led flat screen tv as well. after all, this is america and i should be entitled to all these things.

    November 28, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. CaliforniaBC

    Well, I guess that's fine then... 'cause Obamacare IS NOT government provided health care.

    Now that, that's done we can move on.

    November 28, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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