Poll: Majority of Americans against government provided healthcare coverage
November 28th, 2012
01:07 PM ET
10 years 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. Rudy NYC

    Well, let's just go whole hog here.

    Get out of the goernment run health care business, and kick our vets out into the streets. Speaking of which, let's get rid of government run military because we have guns and can form up our own neighborhood militias. "We're good."

    Let's get rid of the all the government run roads and bridges because I use a helicopter and a personal jet. Let's just throw all common sense out the window, submit, and rename ourselves the United Corporations of America.

    November 28, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. Joe

    Gallup poll said Romney would win by land slide too. Why should Gallup be taken seriously? Only CNN does.

    November 28, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Dave Harris

    Oddly enough, this includes virtualy all the old people, who are determined to keep getting the government-paid medical care they claim no one should be getting. And previous polls have found that although people are opposed to 'Obamacare', they like everything in it. No wonder we've made such a mess of everything. We can't even think straight.

    November 28, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. joe

    This poll reflects the results of years of right wing propaganda fueled by tens of millions of dollars. Once the average person finds out the truth, and begins to benefit from the law, the polls will reflect greater acceptance.

    November 28, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. Anthony

    A majority of Americans favor Medicare, which is government-provided healthcare coverage. On the other hand, Obamacare is a government-imposed requirement to buy PRIVATE insurance. You need to buy your health insurance from a PRIVATE company, or pay a penalty to IRS. If you are poor and can't afford health insurance, you get a government subsidy to buy PRIVATE insurance. If you just pay the penalty, you still have no insurance.

    November 28, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. thomase

    I'd have to imagine that the majority of people who are for healthcare coverage aren't surfing the internet much less people taking CNN snap polls.

    November 28, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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