More in U.S. Say Health Coverage Is Not Gov’t. ResponsibilityNovember 15th, 2009 by Lee Eldridge
Just a couple of years ago, according to Gallup, 69% of those polled said that making sure that all Americans had healthcare coverage was the government’s responsibility. That number has dropped by 22 points. Today, Americans no longer think that this is the government’s responsibility. (See Gallup’s complete story here.)
This is a significant swing in public opinion over the last two years. And I think it’s easily explained.
1. In general, we are a giving people. And we want problems fixed. We’ve been told for years that we have a significant problem in our country. Health care is too expensive, and too many people are uninsured. And since individually we can do little to solve this problem, we believe that our government should fix this problem.
2. Most people do believe that health care is a right, and that we all deserve the same high quality of care.
3. On the surface, government run health care, or a public option, sounds fine. After all, this will solve our problems. Won’t it?
But as Americans learn more about government run health care, or even the public option, they don’t want it.
Overwhelmingly, Americans do NOT want to replace our current system with a government run system:
I continue to believe that the “public option” will lead us to government run health care.
Americans have watched how the government has mismanaged two wars, mismanaged our economy, and has failed to save or create jobs despite spending our money like a drunken sailor. We do not want government run health care. Unfortunately, Congress and the White House has decided that they know better.
The healthcare bill that recently passed the House is atrocious. It will not fix our health care problems. It will only further hurt our economy and destroy job creation. And put our country further in debt.