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Gallup: 51 Percent of Americans Say Govt Should Ensure Healthcare Coverage

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In a new Gallup survey released Monday, 51 percent of American adults say the government should ensure healthcare coverage for all Americans, a 6-point increase from 2014.

According to the survey:
  • 51 percent said that the government should ensure healthcare coverage for all citizens;
  • 47 percent said that it's not the government's responsibility.
The survey notes that this is the first time the majority has held this view since 2008.

From 2000 to 2008, when President Barack Obama took office, between 54 and 69 percent of Americans said ensuring healthcare coverage for all citizens was the responsibility of the federal government.

However, as President Obama rolled out the Affordable Care Act between 2009 and 2011, Americans were split on the issue. And, from 2012 to 2014, public opinion changed completely with the majority of Americans saying that healthcare coverage was not the government's responsibility.

Despite the recent findings that more Americans believe the government should ensure all citizens have healthcare coverage, the Gallup survey shows that they do not endorse a government-run system.

According to the survey:
  • 55 percent say they prefer a system mostly based on private insurance;
  • 41 percent would prefer a government-run system.
The poll notes that the percentage favoring a private system is down from 61 percent in 2014.

The poll was conducted by telephone from Nov. 4-8, surveying 1,021 adults nationwide. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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