Gallup: Majority opposes federal health-care guarantee for first time

posted at 8:51 am on November 28, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Perhaps Gallup’s result shouldn’t surprise, given the chronic unpopularity of ObamaCare.  However, the trend lines began moving in this direction after support peaked for the a federal guarantee of health care in 2006, as Democrats took control of Congress for the first time in 12 years.  As Barack Obama pushed his health-care overhaul, the legs had already been cut out from underneath the concept:

For the first time in Gallup trends since 2000, a majority of Americans say it is not the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage. Prior to 2009, a majority always felt the government should ensure healthcare coverage for all, though Americans’ views have become more divided in recent years.

Actually, Gallup started polling on this question in 2000, and the result then was 64/31 in support of the federal guarantee.  This poll surveyed general-population adults, too, not registered or likely voters,  a sample type that generally favors more liberal points of view.

Interestingly, it’s not because the population thinks health care has greatly improved, either.  Two-thirds still say the health-care system has major problems or is in a crisis, a mark that has barely budged since 2002.  Only 22% say they are satisfied with the cost of health care, a level that has also been remarkably steady over the same period.  The overall impression of quality of health carehas improved, going from 53% in 2006 to 62% today, while the perception of insurance coverage has improved from 25% to 41% in the same time.

So what has changed?  Republicans and right-leaning independents soured on the concept, but so did a few Democrats:

Republicans, including Republican-leaning independents, are mostly responsible for the drop since 2007 in Americans’ support for government ensuring universal health coverage. In 2007, 38% of Republicans thought the government should do so; now, 12% do. Among Democrats and Democratic leaners there has been a much smaller drop, from 81% saying the government should make sure all Americans are covered in 2007 to 71% now.

Some say that the end game for an ObamaCare failure will be a push for a government-run, single-payer system.  Gallup warns politicians that most Americans won’t back them on that push:

One thing that has not changed is that Americans still widely prefer a system based on private insurance to one run by the government. Currently, 57% prefer a private system and 36% a government-run system, essentially the same as in 2010 and 2011. Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the percentage of Americans in favor of a government-run system ranged from 32% to 41%.

One might be tempted to believe that the process that delivered ObamaCare might have been enough to make the federal-guarantee position a minority.  Unfortunately, now that ObamaCare looks like it will get entrenched absent a reversal at the Supreme Court, that realization probably came too late.


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I don’t care what they say in these issue polls. They just re-elected a party that wants to guarantee health coverage for all, so it’s hard to believe that, at the same time, their opposition to it has increased.

changer1701 on November 28, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Barack Obama, through his moronic mouthpiece Jay Carney, announced yesterday that Obamacare isn’t on the table for cuts to avoid the so-called Fiscal Cliff because it saves money.

It’s interesting, frustrating, and annoying that the federal government can take over part of the private sector, incur a large ongoing expense after doing so, and then make the claim that their takeover somehow saves money.

Why do we accept this nonsensical premise?

Let’s accept for a moment that Obamacare saves the federal government, aka taxpayers, money.

Now by way of analogy I’ll demonstrate how it’s a false notion.

Let’s assume that in 1980 the federal government nationalized the manufacture of clothing thus incurring the cost of design, manufacture, distribution, etc of said clothing. The government went from having zero liability for clothing to having say, $1 Billion in liabilities.

Fast forward to 2012 and the national clothing expenditure has risen to $10 billion. So the government decides it needs to save money. There are two choices, return the clothing business to the private sector where it rightfully belongs and eliminate immediately $10 billion in “expenses” OR eliminate all choice in clothing and only sell one style and one color of clothing thereby reducing government expenditures to only $8 Billion.

Which choice have the socialists made regarding our healthcare?

In other words, Obamacare only “saves” the government money IF you first accept that health care spending is a legitimate function of government.

It is not.

Charlemagne on November 28, 2012 at 9:00 AM

yo GOP, stand back and let the dems show their hand. Don’t negotiate with yourselves.

DanMan on November 28, 2012 at 9:02 AM

What the people want doesn’t matter. People need to learn to wait their turn in line and to shut up. Welcome to America.

Flange on November 28, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Makes sense – open enrollment is going on right now. People realize how much that “guarantee” is really going to cost them.

gophergirl on November 28, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Pffft. Enough of those “opposed” voted for the guy who made this his big accomplishment. Who knew Wile E. Coyote “Super Genius” had so many relatives.

batter on November 28, 2012 at 9:04 AM

We have heard enough about the deep unpopularity of OCare. And yet the Presidency and Senate remain democrat.

So either the polls are wrong (again) or people simply don’t think OCare is a big enough issue.

CorporatePiggy on November 28, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Some say that the end game for an ObamaCare failure will be a push for a government-run, single-payer system. Gallup warns politicians that most Americans won’t back them on that push

That IS the end game. And the whole point is to destroy the private insurance industry so that there’s no alternative but a single-payer system. Obviously a bunch of Americans will be PO’d, but where else will they be able to turn for their health care?

Doughboy on November 28, 2012 at 9:06 AM

“I’m not getting rid of all of healthcare reform.” – Mitt Romney

Yes, Obamacare Cuts Medicare More Than President Romney Would

You wouldn’t know it from listening to the Obama campaign, but there’s only one Presidential candidate in 2012 who has cut Medicare: Barack Obama, whose Affordable Care Act cuts Medicare by $716 billion from 2013-2022. Today, the Romney campaign reiterated its pledge to repeal Obamacare, and promised to “restore the funding to Medicare…

sharrukin on November 28, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Workers are just now starting to get invited to meeting at work where the boss explains how this mess is going to impact them and they don’t like it. Somebody has read the 2700 pages and figured out just how deep in the hole we all are.

Some say that the end game for an ObamaCare failure will be a push for a government-run, single-payer system. Gallup warns politicians that most Americans won’t back them on that push:

Looks like Barry is going to need a lot more Ohones.

Kissmygrits on November 28, 2012 at 9:09 AM

“You’re not being force fed healthcare, stupid people. You’re just being taxed for living, which is all good.”

- SCJ John Roberts.

Weight of Glory on November 28, 2012 at 9:09 AM

You can lead a horse to water, but…

EnglishRogue on November 28, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Bull. The United Piglets of America just voted so. That’s the only poll that matters.

MNHawk on November 28, 2012 at 9:12 AM

The cost is around $1.90 per hour for socialized medicine. Suddenly employees (voters) are having to face that. Losing you job, reduced future pay, part time hours, etc. to pay for it is now a reality. Companies are openly moving to a 24hr work week which means two jobs will become the norm.

Free stuff is expensive when reality kicks in.

BullShooterAsInElk on November 28, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Universal healthcare beckons the arrival of sin taxes, like a minimum price for alcohol, or an increased rate of taxation on ‘fatty’ foods .

2016 – Buyers remorse.

EnglishRogue on November 28, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Opposition to federal healthcare guarantee now considered racist.

The GOP needs to demand that Obamacare funding be on the table in the ongoing negotiations to raise the debt ceiling. It is the largest single area for cuts. Until the rat-eared wonder and his henchmen in Congress are willing to really put everything on the table, then let’s get ready for out Thelma and Louise moment.

Happy Nomad on November 28, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Gallup: Majority opposes federal health-care guarantee for first time

Tough. Shoulda’ thought about that before voting for Obama and all those other Democrats back in ’06, ’08 and again in ’12.

But at least you might get some cheap birth control pills and millionaire Big Bird will continue to be subsidized for some reason.

forest on November 28, 2012 at 9:20 AM

The United Piglets of America

MNHawk on November 28, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Heh . . . good one!

rebuzz on November 28, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Currently, 57% prefer a private system

Behind a closed door single payer will be rammed down our throats.

docflash on November 28, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Free stuff is expensive when reality kicks in.

BullShooterAsInElk on November 28, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Not to the 47%

rebuzz on November 28, 2012 at 9:25 AM

I agree with the general sentiment in this thread — the only poll that mattered has happened and O-no-bozo-care is here to stay and it will cost us plenty! And single-payer Gov’mint Health Care IS coming. Hello NHS!

rebuzz on November 28, 2012 at 9:28 AM

The supposed “savings” are cut in half right in the middle of the CBO letters sent to Reid and Pelosi right before passage — through the (unscored but still estimated) discretionary program increases required to support PPACA.

Add to that the fact that the exchange subsidy line item now is projected to cost more than it originally did (and keep in mind its compound annual growth rate for the first 10 years was 166 percent), and voila — by the CBO’s own numbers (for the same timeframe, but never reported all in one place) the PPACA now increases the deficit. If the penalty is set too low, or the economy continues to exhibit only weak growth, we could easily see twice the originally estimated number of people dropped to the exchanges, making that subsidy line item number rise even faster.

DrSteve on November 28, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Wasn’t Gallup the pollster that had romney beating obama by 7 points a week before the election. Take this poll for what it is, bullsh*t.

By the way, today, we have pollster who pick the topic and tell us how to think!

I got a poll, 99.99% of respondents think pollsters are moonbat turds!!!

Danielvito on November 28, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Choice of one:

Obama

Sensible, market-based, doctor & patient empowering, health care/insurance reform

We couldn’t have both. The wrong choice was made in 2008, and 2012.

22044 on November 28, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Gee, who would have thought that picking the man who created the blueprint for Obamacare would not be able to make an EASY sale to the people for getting rid of the man who signed Obamacare?

astonerii on November 28, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Uh, it’s a little late for this – obamacare was just re-elected.

Pork-Chop on November 28, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Gee, who would have thought that picking the man who created the blueprint for Obamacare would not be able to make an EASY sale to the people for getting rid of the man who signed Obamacare?

astonerii on November 28, 2012 at 9:39 AM

The primaries were over months ago. Move on already.

changer1701 on November 28, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Too late for anything now. The dirty deed has been done and we are stuck with the worst president in the history of America for a SECOND term. Things are going to get very interesting.

UnEasyRider on November 28, 2012 at 9:42 AM

We haven’t marched in Tahari Sq yet …..oh , sorry I mean DC .

Lucano on November 28, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Too little, too late, too bad, so sad…IDIOTS!!!

MelonCollie on November 28, 2012 at 9:43 AM

For the first time in Gallup trends since 2000, a majority of Americans say it is not the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage.

Politicians prey on the weakness and stupidity of people. The weak and the stupid are about to experience the price for their weakness and stupidity. Obama, like Hugo Chavez, has conned the weak and stupid into thinking that their lives will get better, they’ll get free stuff and the rich will pay for it. Only the weak and the stupid would believe that. It doesn’t matter how bad it gets…they will continue to vote for the empty promise while their financial status worsens because it will still be “Bush’s fault”.

cajunpatriot on November 28, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Romney wasn’t going to get rid of obamacare so there was no choice made in the election.

Romney: I’ll Keep Parts of Obamacare

Though he’s promised to repeal Obamacare as president, Mitt Romney said on Meet the Press Sunday that he’d keep several important parts of the health reform legislation. “Of course there are a number of things that I like in health care reform that I’m going to put in place,” he said. “One is to make sure that those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage.” Romney also said he would allow young adults to keep their coverage under their parents’ health-insurance. “I say we’re going to replace Obamacare. And I’m replacing it with my own plan,” Romney said.

sharrukin on November 28, 2012 at 9:48 AM

That IS the end game. And the whole point is to destroy the private insurance industry so that there’s no alternative but a single-payer system. Obviously a bunch of Americans will be PO’d, but where else will they be able to turn for their health care?

Doughboy on November 28, 2012 at 9:06 AM

There will always be Witch Doctors, Shamans, Medicine Men, maybe even chiropractors. And don’t forget that when the Death Panel proscribes certain proceedures for certain populations because the cost exceeds the panel’s notion of benefit to society, there will be the back-alley doctors doing forbidden medicine for deemed to be unworthy patients. The choice is broad indeed.

KW64 on November 28, 2012 at 9:49 AM

We are now experiencing the re-inssurance taxes in Obamacare for 2013 – that apply not just to health plans but also wellness programs and retiree programs alike. A quick calculation sees about a 10% increase in non-outlier contracting costs just due to this provision.

Its gonna come hard – and your employer is going to almost universally charge you for the priviledge. Hold on to your wallet – the bill for all the free stuff is coming – and the stupid and gullible will pay the most for it.

Zomcon JEM on November 28, 2012 at 10:07 AM

When you look at how close the election was in the swing states (0.28%), I don’t think it is too much of a stretch to say that Romney pretty much did himself in on that Meet the Press appearance declaring that he was not going to do away with all of ObamaCare. Yes, it was an uphill climb for Romney from the start, but coming out against the repeal of that piece of legislation made enough voters stay home and sealed the election for the Dems.

devolvingtowardsidiocracy on November 28, 2012 at 10:09 AM

In the last election, “freebees” for the parasitic underclass trumped everything else. Obama’s social leeches secured him a second term and the Republic remains totally and irreparably divided.

rplat on November 28, 2012 at 10:11 AM

The primaries were over months ago. Move on already.

changer1701 on November 28, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Obamacare was passed before that, move on already.
Roe V Wade is decades old, move on…

Oh, I get it, your an Obamabot… Move-On HAH HAH HAH HAH

I do not think you are changer, the allusion though was too much to resist!

It is a learning experience for the morons who pushed Romney on the party. I intend to push that education every single chance I get, until at least 2014.

astonerii on November 28, 2012 at 10:11 AM

What a joke.

A ten-point against/for spread on this issue, means nothing.

Barry won because enough of the people for the safety net came out to vote.

So WTF does it matter if a majority is against it?

We have now entered an age where if you anything less than a super majority, 60/40 minimum, is static.

Static. Or content filler. Call it what you want.

It’s junk.

Show me several months of 59/41, and then I’ll believe this mindset is for realz.

Otherwise, those against it are those who are now feeling some adverse effect from their employers health care plan. Most likely and change in premiums, network coverage or drug refills.

budfox on November 28, 2012 at 10:14 AM

The Private System is a moot point. The Feds are currently writing all the regs for the Insurance Companies.

RADIOONE on November 28, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Also probably has to do with the incompetence on display of government running anything.

monalisa on November 28, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Too late to do anything about it now. Obamacare is here to stay and it will only get bigger.

hatecraft on November 28, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Its gonna come hard – and your employer is going to almost universally charge you for the priviledge. Hold on to your wallet – the bill for all the free stuff is coming – and the stupid and gullible will pay the most for it.

Wrong. The stupid and gullible who voted for the Owe don’t have employers.

Their surprise will come. Now that Owe is elected, he doesn’t give a fig about them. He’s working on breaking “the rich” now but NOT for the benefit of the entitled. When Owe takes all the money he can from the “rich” (who don’t move out of the country), the US will still be over $16 trillion in debt and there will be no “rich” to take money from. In other words, just like freedom, when it’s gone, it’s gone.

katablog.com on November 28, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Now they tell us. After the election. After they have guaranteed federal control of healthcare. H.L. Mencken was right about the American people.

senor on November 28, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Gallup warns politicians that most Americans won’t back them on that push.

I call BS. The Free Shit Army is now the majority and the GOP too clueless and spineless to stop the momentum.

Let it burn.

bloviator on November 28, 2012 at 10:42 AM

The unions while diminished – backed it – as do a fair number of working stiffs. Nope it will hurt those who hoped it would be their salvation – like the folks who are seeing their work week slashed to 28 hours – in order to avoid having to offer any health care coverage at all.

Zomcon JEM on November 28, 2012 at 10:51 AM

The majority opposes? Yeah, well, that never stopped them before………

ultracon on November 28, 2012 at 10:55 AM

I should have added… Republican OR Democrat!!

ultracon on November 28, 2012 at 10:59 AM

If conserative organizations were smart ( ok someone insert oxymoron ) ,
they would all join forces and publish a Obamacare Debt Clock .
It should include births , deaths , abortions , lost employment ,
cost , unnecessary paper work , lost productivity etc .

Lucano on November 28, 2012 at 11:07 AM

America is now a Communist ran Gov’t and Communists don’t care what a majority thinks…besides, a majority just elected our Dear Leader for the second time, which suggests that this poll is bogus.

Karmi on November 28, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Not to the 47% 51%

rebuzz on November 28, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Fixed, for the new American reality.

MNHawk on November 28, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Let it Burn!!

tngmv on November 28, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Too late. No longer matters.

Nothing can stop Obamacare from metastasizing and becoming inextricably entwined in the health care system over the next two years. Just as the socialists planned it from the beginning. Within a generation or two, as most, private health care insurance companies will be on life support and the majority of Americans will be dependent on what is essentially government run health insurance. Only the wealthiest Americans will be able to afford private health insurance, and they and their insurance will be in the crosshairs of American socialists, because it’s “unfair” that they can afford better health care than everyone else. The final push for a single payer will begin within two decades.

farsighted on November 28, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Well, now that Obamacare is the law of the land, it’s not like it needs to guarantee coverage for everybody – only the most “productive” in society.

There’s only one one party out to throw grandma off the cliff, and they’ve already made “the case for killing granny”.

Katja on November 28, 2012 at 6:08 PM