• Quote: Americans reject federal responsibility for universal coverage

    The 56% of U.S. adults who now say it is not the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage continues to reflect a record high. Prior to 2009, a clear majority of Americans consistently had said the government should take responsibility for ensuring that all Americans have healthcare.

    Joy Wilke, Gallup


    • So when will all of these people tell their elected officials they want to abolish Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, CHIP, VHA, and the employer-sponsored health insurance tax exclusion?

    • Frankly, it’s a rather silly thing to poll as it’s a complex issue not easily boiled down to a poll question. I bet if you polled on whether it was the “federal government’s responsibility to provide for retirement” that would poll very poorly while Social Security would continue to poll quite well.

    • But this is an average of different people.

      All those plans together do not produce universal coverage. So one could be content with things as they are, satisfied with the current level of federal involvement, opposed to expansion, but feel no need to demand closure of all of these programs.

      Of course, the plans differ from one another in their level of federal support. Plenty of people might want to protect Medicare, for example, but be happy to see Medicaid go away. Many people, who will never be eligible for Tricare or VHA may have no interest in supporting them. Not very generous, I agree, but if you ask people what they support, it seems the most enthusiasm is for things that benefit them personally.

    • Gallop’s final poll for the 2012 election predicted a Romney victory. Why should we pay any attention to what these guys say?
      On this basis, I believe that the majority of Americans are in favor of federal control of healthcare!

      • Oncodoc, the prediction was a statistical prediction in an environment that was constantly changing. To judge whether or not to trust them would require looking at all their decisions and adding them up to see if on balance they were right more than wrong. 49 Romney to 48 Obama is a pretty close call.

    • Could it depend on what people thought was meant by “healthcare”? When people see it defined as “the government is forcing everyone to buy insurance whether they want to or not”, then of course disapproval will be at an all time high. But if prior to 2009 they were thinking something like, “everyone should have access to care, there should be free govt clinics providing care”…it could be a very different vision of what “healthcare for all” entails.

    • Given the high support as the 2008 campaigns were being designed, do you think this is a potential source of legitimate disagreement between the left and the right?

      The left looks at the high support in the mid ’00’s and thinks it is obvious that this has broad appeal. The right looks at the 20-point drop in support, which I am sure has not been helped by the rollout, and thinks this is socialism forced down the throats of an unwilling public.

    • The polls have little meaning.
      Ask voters should the rich pay more taxes and they say yes. Then ask them what the top tax rate should be and they say 30%.

      • Actually I think the political betting polls where people bet their own money might have been more accurate.

        Since you appear to be an discerning individual you might like to at least read a review of The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki. Alternatively you might just want to look at what he says about the average of the guesses made by the Crowds when guessing the weight of an ox or the number of jelly beans in a jar.

    • Apparently its better to die young, broke and sickly, than be forced to live longer, healthier lives with more money in the bank, in the name of opposing “socialism”. Never mind that most of the countries with socialized medicine are “socialist” only by the skewed and stretched definitions of a few extreme right wing individuals.