ObamaCare Convinces Americans that Government Health Care is a Bad Idea


The Gallup poll history shows that Republican support for government health care peaked around 2005 and 2006. Democratic support for government health care also peaked around that time.

Since then, it’s all been downhill.

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.

Under Clinton, you could sell the idea of government involvement in health care to a sizable percentage of Republicans. But by the time that ObamaCare launched, no Republican would touch the idea.

In September 2000, 53% of Republicans believed the government should not be responsible for ensuring all Americans had health coverage; today, 86% feel that way, an increase of 33 percentage points in 13 years. Over the same period, the percentage of Republicans believing the government should ensure healthcare coverage for all has fallen from 42% to 12%.

Fifty-five percent of independents currently say the government should not be involved with healthcare — an increase of 28 points since 2000.

The percentage of Democrats who hold this view is now 30%, its highest level since Gallup first asked the question and an 11-point increase since 2000 — with the largest change in opinion occurring between 2006 and 2008.

It’s not surprising that Republicans would shift that way, but more strikingly Independents and Democrats are trending in the same direction away from Health care.gov

Liberals still view ObamaCare as the pathway to Single Payer, but polls like these suggest that Americans are trending the other way. Dem campaign consultants are still telling politicians to push the “Fix, Don’t Repeal” message. But that message appears to be running into a brick wall.

Obama proved that the government can’t even handle a website and that when it touches health insurance, people lose their doctors and their plans. That’s not a case for more government involvement.

  • truebearing

    There’s nothing like empirical evidence to wake the slow Republicans up. Of course, the amount of evidence needed to wake up most liberals is usually lethal.

  • http://www.teaparty.org/about-us/ Nixys

    I place the blame for Americans ever even considering the ridiculous fantasy of federal government meddling in health care in the first place on insufferable, emotional, completely financially and geopolitically illiterate Europeans, Canadians and Australians who need to feel a sense of moral superiority over the Yanks and so always scramble to point at their “marvelous” national health care (riddled with wait lists and saddled with problems).

    Please, narcissistic “compassionate and enlightened” liberal socialist mecca countries of the West, please just shut up forever and let America be America and continue to subsidize your defense. Please stop shrieking about human rights to universal health care and whatever other silly nonsense you can come up with. For both our sakes, just be quiet from now on, okay? Please, liberal hack journalists, stop publishing insipid articles like “health care lessons from France” and “what America can learn from Australia.” No more I say, no more.