A recent Gallup poll has found that a majority of Americans are opposed to government-run healthcare coverage, according to a report published on Wednesday. The poll, conducted between Nov. 15-18, found that 54 percent of respondents said that it’s “not government responsibility” to provide healthcare coverage, with 44 percent saying it is.
This is the first time since 2000 that Gallup found a majority of Americans to be against government-run healthcare. According to Gallup, the change began shortly after Barack Obama’s election to the presidency in 2008 and through the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare).
This reflects what past polls have shown. Reuters reported over the summer that a majority of Americans, 56 percent, were opposed to ObamaCare, though they supported most of the provisions in the law, with the exception of the “individual mandate” that requires Americans, at the barrel of a gun, to buy health insurance.
The ObamaCare bill, though, does not represent a government takeover of the healthcare system per se, as it’s more of an increase in control that the government already has over it. The bill benefits the insurance companies more than anyone, as it was written by the insurance companies and requires every American to buy coverage from the private insurers.
ObamaCare originated as an 87 page white paper written by Liz Fowler, vice president of WellPoint, one of the largest health insurance companies in the United States. Fowler’s paper served as “the basis, the foundation, the blueprint from which almost all health care measures in all bills on both sides of the aisle came,” according to Sen. Max Baucus (D., Montana), who profusely thanked Fowler for helping to get ObamaCare passed. Politico further described Fowler as “the chief operating officer” of “major players in the Senate health care negotiations.”
Gallup found that 57 percent prefer a private healthcare system to 36 percent who support a government system.
Though a majority prefers the private system, another majority, 67 percent, “describe the U.S. healthcare system as either being in a state of crisis (16%) or having major problems (51%),” though this is the lowest percentage to say that it’s in a crisis since 2004.
The main concern for respondents was the cost and coverage. Seventy-seven percent were dissatisfied with it, and only 41 percent have an “excellent or good” view of American healthcare. Sixty-two percent, however, rated the quality of American healthcare as excellent or good.
The reason for this pessimism is most likely a result of the lack of truly private healthcare in the United States. The U.S. government heavily regulates the system, which is one of the main reasons for the high costs. The conservatives who fear that Obama is turning the healthcare system into a socialist one should realize that it already is.