Story To Be Ignored: Gallup Poll Shows Most Believe Healthcare Not Government Responsibility

Here is another story for the ever-growing Ignored Stories category.  A Gallup poll was just released that shows that most Americans believe that healthcare is not the federal government's responsibility.

PRINCETON, NJ -- More Americans now say it is not the federal government's responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage (50%) than say it is (47%). This is a first since Gallup began tracking this question, and a significant shift from as recently as three years ago, when two-thirds said ensuring healthcare coverage was the government's responsibility.

Gallup has asked this question each November since 2001 as part of the Gallup Poll Social Series, and most recently in its Nov. 5-8 Health and Healthcare survey. There have been some fluctuations from year to year, but this year marks the first time in the history of this trend that less than half of Americans say ensuring healthcare coverage for all is the federal government's responsibility.

The high point for the "government responsibility" viewpoint occurred in 2006, when 69% of Americans agreed. In 2008, this percentage fell to 54%, its previous low reading. This year, in the midst of robust debate on a potentially imminent healthcare reform law, the percentage of Americans agreeing that it is the government's responsibility to make sure everyone has health insurance has fallen even further, by seven points, to 47%. Half of Americans now say this is not the government's responsibility.

Gee I wonder if the possiblilty of going to jail if you don't have health insurance and the skyrocketing cost (among other things that make it "the worst bill ever")has anything to do with it?

And, the usual question: what's the chance of the Daily Dead Fish Wrapper reporting on this?  Don't worry, that was a rhetorical question...

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