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. eddit13

    Dear CNN...perhaps you should consider your source? Using the most inaccurate pollster of the 2012 campaign season is probably a bad idea.

    November 28, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. eddit13

    Maybe using the most inaccurate pollster of the 2012 season isn't the best idea, CNN.

    November 28, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. Sandy

    Stop with these polls! ACA is the law of the land! Get used to it!

    November 28, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. Desmond. a Canadian

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

    November 28, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    Well, based on Gallup, Romney was supposed to become our next President, too. Boehner wants to keep ObamaCare on the table ... and voila ... Gallup once again bows to the GOP and serves up a GOP talking point favoring the GOP talking point. Again.

    Silly GOPers.

    November 28, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. Name

    So no Medicare and Medicaid? ask to vote on these

    November 28, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. @GuileOfTheGods

    Actually, CNN, if you looked at the actual poll, you'd realize that didn't ask if you were for or against government run healthcare, they were asking if it is the governments responsibility. So, no, 54% of Americans aren't "against government provided healthcare", 54% of Americans don't think it's the governments responsibility to provide it. So maybe you guys should actually READ THE STUDIES YOU ARE REPORTING ON BEFORE YOU JUST MAKE UP A HEADLINE THAT IS NOT WHAT THE POLL WAS ABOUT!

    November 28, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    A vast number of senior citizens do not think social security, Medicare, Medicaid, veterans benefits, the military, the post office, etc. are also government run programs.

    November 28, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. WhereIsPalin

    Should all Americans have access to AFFORDABLE health care coverage?
    If no, argument is over.
    If yes, then how?

    November 28, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. DianeRPCFL

    Isn't Gallup the same polling institution that consistently showed Romney leading Obama during the 2012 election cycle. I wouldn't put much stock in Gallup's polling methods since they seem to have missed the mark by a mile on a number of things recently.

    November 28, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. keisha

    Are we still paying attention to Gallup polls? Have they revamped their methodology since Nov 6?

    November 28, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  12. Rednip

    One should note that Gallup also predicted that Romney would win by 5 points, instead he lost by 6. Ironically ending up with about 47% of the vote.

    November 28, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. JustAO

    So who should be responsible for supplying affordable healthcare since we seem to not like for-profit insurance companies making that decision or the government? For those of us who need affordable healthcare, who is going to provide it? The Free Market? Don't you just love these ill-informed polls asking people to vote yes/no on issues that require some form of educated info and solutions?

    November 28, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. jk in MN

    Did Gallup use the same polling techniques that showed them so dramatically wrong on the election? Anything that says Gallup poll I don't believe.

    November 28, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. Get Real

    Don't matter what the people think, the SCOTUS ruled it was constitutional. IT'S COMING!!!!!!

    November 28, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The ACA is the law of the land. Deal with it!

    November 28, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. Don

    This appears to be a misleading and confusing poll. Under the ACA, the govt does not provide insurance – rather it creates a framework for private insurance to cover far more people with greater legal constraints and protections for consumers. The govt-provided insurance provision (public option) was removed from the bill early. Not sure if the wording of the poll reflects that, and perhaps many of the people being polled understood that better than the poll takers.

    November 28, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. John

    Is this the same Gallup who relentlessly predicted a GOP landslide ?

    November 28, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  19. Jack

    Ah the Gallup Poll. That's right. They predicted Romney would win the election. Good source of information. No thank you.

    November 28, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    Gallup still has Mittens up by six points. Worst polling for the money, next to Rassmussen.

    November 28, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Hey CNN , LOL..LOL.... Do you really think we are really going to believe your Polls on anything anymore after the election polls you lied about or whatever it was you didn't get correct about ? You people are just as bad as Fox and all their distortion of the TRUTH. Oh, that's right, I almost forgot........ Your a CORPORATION too ! Silly me, your TAXES go up too. Try being honest in 2013 and on..........Mabe people will come back to you with some loyality like they use to have for you guys.

    November 28, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    Gallup lost all credibility this past election cycle. ALL. OF. IT. Their outlier nonsense polls giving Mittens huge national leads were proven horrifyingly wrong. Now, they're feeding the public what appears to be another outlier poll that magically indicates a sudden and massive swing from a stable decade-long trend...a decade that included the entire 4 years of debate and demagoguery over the ACA in the first place. Anyone who buys anythign Gallup has to say at this point is simply announcing that they're being told what they want to hear.

    Gallup be gone.

    November 28, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  23. @GuileOfTheGods

    If you actually read the study that they have linked, GALLUP DIDN"T EVEN ASK WHAT CNN IS CLAIMING THE POLL SAID! Again, CNN, takes the actual news, truth, poll, and spins it into an anti-Obama article. How about if "Americans" "hate" government run healthcare so much, why don't we make the Republican House & Senate members get private insurance and stop using government run insurance? Unless, HOLY COW, government run healthcare is good!

    November 28, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. Mack

    Take it off of the hands of the employers. Medicare for all is the only solution.

    November 28, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  25. al in memphis

    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.
    On the surface I would say the government does not need to guarantee anything, but that is really not the right question. Health care and health care cost are critical to the future of this country. Equal access at an affordable cost is what this program should have been about from the beginning. For years it has been those who can afford it has access and those who can not have to manage their suffering until it reaches a critical stage then go to the emergency room. -Where is the incentive in that type of program for cost to go down? Yeah people have got to change their lifestyles, but the previous program was a strictly a money maker when insurance companies favored the healthiest and population that could afford to pay.

    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

    November 28, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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