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Poll: Healthcare Not Gov’t Responsibility

Somehow in the rush of events we almost missed this polling news from Gallup:

More in U.S. Say Health Coverage Is Not Gov’t. Responsibility

Marks significant shift from the attitudes of the past decade

By Frank Newport

November 13, 2009

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.

The reason behind this shift is unknown. Certainly the federal government’s role in the nation’s healthcare system has been widely and vigorously debated over the last several months, including much focus on the "public option." These data suggest that one result of the debate has been a net decrease in Americans’ agreement that ensuring all Americans have healthcare coverage is an appropriate role for the federal government

A look at the trends on this question shows that both Republicans and Democrats since 2006 have become less likely to choose the "government responsibility" option, though Democrats’ views have remained steady over the past year while Republicans’ support has declined further…

The results of this poll are not surprising. But that Gallup reported it, is surprising.

Of course it has gotten no attention whatsoever from our one party media.

The reason behind this shift is unknown.

We will hazard a wild guess.

People are finally starting to think about what government-run healthcare will really mean.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, November 15th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “Poll: Healthcare Not Gov’t Responsibility”

  1. U NO HOO says:

    What if we all refused to have health insurance and went to jail, wouldn’t they have to treat us in jail for free?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      These are the very same people who are worried about giving you a cigarette before executing you. Stating smoking is detrimental to your health.

  2. canary says:

    Gallop polls are so rigged. I can imagine who & where they tracked people.

  3. proreason says:

    This was published Friday so that it could be buried.

    Later, after the armed revold over PolosiobamyCare, Gallup will be able to say they told us so.

  4. caligirl9 says:

    I went to my personal doctor last week, and asked him to not do as many brief office visits on me because my insurance went up exponentially this year, as did my prescription co-pay. Sometimes it’s a choice between food and meds. Food wins usually.

    Anyway, he spoke as if he was for this health care reform, saying how I wouldn’t have any more problems with the frequent necessary visits and lab tests. Which disappointed me a whole bunch. I do think that increased scrutiny on the insurance companies is called for (preexisting condition coverage, dumping people when they get sick) but in no way do I think government is the teat that nourishes us all.

    Even though my back hurts like hell and I sure wish there were a few welfare checks in the mail! What ever happened to personal responsibility and pride?

    • jobeth says:

      Hi Caligirl…long time since..Good to see you ‘in there again” How are to doing?

      I’ve just been laying back in a political hangover. I’m so angry about this health care and the lefies attitude toward the eldery so what I say here is not directed at you, but directly at the selfish little lefties that are running things today. ;-D

      I truly agree with what you have said. But , some of us are stuck right in the middle of this mess. We post WWII babes will be taking it from both ends…We paid all our lives only to be denied by Obalmy the health care we were forced to accept via SS/Medicare. And now they want to even take our Advantage programs away and add millions of others onto medicare (or the equiv) so of course the rationing could mean an early death for millions of us who had the audacity to grow old.

      What really smacks my gob is when I hear all these young lib talking heads on the tv go on about how the “old” sap the health care pool with all their (me, we are talking about here) health problems. And that most of our health issues are from “poor life choices”. (Just wait you little tarts!
      If you get lucky and live to be old you are going to get bitten by your own dog! And good on ya!)

      I mean how dare we!

      The fact that all our lives, while they were still soiling their diapers and suckling off their mother’s teat, we have paid our way through taxes plus paid for private health care all though our younger healthy years when we too were not needing health care doesn’t seem to count for a thing with these selfish minded little tarts!

      As a matter of fact I have 5 children and their spouses and some of their children all paying into the current SS system. I think that alone should warrant me to receive what I and they was/were MANDATED to pay into all my/our life.

      I got into an argument with one guy who throws my medicare at me and calls me a “hypocrite” because I “think” I am “entitled” draw out from what I forced to pay into and accept in my later years. Damn it! We paid for it! . We didn’t ask to sign up! It was forced upon us ( Just for the record I HATE govenment entitlements…almost as much as I hate MANDATED payments to the govenment to fund them!)

      Would I have rather been allowed to have a private option? Darn tootin’. I took advantage of 401 k’s. Private health insurance (even now..I have the advantage program). I took advantage of health care accounts that my work offered. I took private long term disability insurance.

      I paid it all so when I hear these little smart arses behave so selfishly toward the generation who raised their sorry little selves I get an internal rage bubbling up.

      Well, WE raised them. Lord have mercy on us “oldies”. Thank God my own kids and grands feel they owe us simply because we sacrificed for them. Not to mention all the Vets out there that fought for their ‘right’ to screw us over. But not all young people of today have such a silly notion of helping to care of your parents…Just because.

      It’s ” just get outta the way grannie! Shouldn’t you be dying about now?”

      THIS is what Government entitlements always lead to. Causing one group to fund another always causes resentment. Always. I wish I had all that money I was forced to pay into SS. I would have found a better investment than the goverment. That’s for certain.

      Ain’t the leftie ways grand? (sarc)

    • proreason says:

      “I got into an argument with one guy who throws my medicare at me and calls me a “hypocrite” because I “think” I am “entitled” draw out from what I forced to pay into and accept in my later years. Damn it! We paid for it! . We didn’t ask to sign up! It was forced upon us ( Just for the record I HATE govenment entitlements”

      Don’t even begin to accept the “entitlement” argument for Social Security and Medicare. It’s an “entitlement” for people who live on it without paying into it. Not you.

      a. You had no choice but to pay enormous sums into those programs. It was at the point of a gun.
      b. If you had the option to invest it yourself, you would be much more secure than you are today.
      c. You damn well better get back the pittance you will get out for the humongous sum you paid in.
      d. It bears no relationship whatsoever to something for nothing.
      e. It isn’t even close to “free”
      f. “Other people” aren’t supporting you. YOU funded it, and will be lucky to get 1/2 what you put in..

      By the way, Social Security payments are heavily, heavily progressive. Up to a level of income, people get 90% of their average lifetime income out. The next bracket is 32%, and the 3rd bracket is 15%. You are likely to draw out at 50% or less than the rate of somebody who didn’t make much money in their life. So don’t let anybody tell you it isn’t skewed to people who weren’t able to earn good money during their lifetimes. YOU are supporting THEM.

      And for people who have earned close to the maximum for their lifetimes, if they had been able to invest it and achieved market rates, they would have balances in the millions of dollars in some cases. Instead, the top draw at full retirement age is about $2400 per month.

      Also, for Social Security, if you work more than 35 years, you get no additional benefits, but you continue to pay in the full amount.

      And if you aren’t fully aware of it, the amount you pay in is matched by your employer. So if you have $4,000 deducted annually, the true cost to you is $8,000.

      Some “entitlement”.

      And the government still has mismanaged it into bankruptcy.

    • jobeth says:

      Thanks Pro… ;- > I needed to hear a kind word. Crazy world we live in nowadays. Now where’s my happy pills? !

    • caligirl9 says:

      Jobeth, I’d like one of those happy pills please. It’s been quite depressing around here the past several weeks with. First, a pair of street racers killed a 20-year old woman on a thoroughfare nearby—the deceased was white, the perps Mexican. Vehicular manslaughter plain and simple. They are out on bail.

      The week before Halloween, a 15-year old white girl was raped at Richmond High (about an hour north of me). It is thought that she was raped by 20 men (that they used something in addition to their penises), and beat her within an inch of her life while a constant crowd of young men came and went and took photos and encouraged the rapists. Thus far one white boy, one black boy, and five Mexicans have been arrested. Is this a hate crime? Bet it’s not …

      Oh Halloween, two young teen boys were trick or treating at 10 p.m. when they were approached by three older boys. One boy was wearing a pair of tennis shoes that are favored by a local gang. The perps, all teens, the youngest 15, attacked the two younger boys with a knife and a gun. The boy with a bullet in his head remains in critical condition. All involved are Mexicans.

      Late last week a boy was murdered in his own backyard a mile from where I live. The perps are 15 & 16. The dead boy is white.

      Then there’s the dad who ran over his daughter because she was becoming “too westernized,” and then he ran. The daughter died. Why did he drag his family to the United States in the first place if he was concerned about them becoming Westernized?

      And then of course we have Fort Hood, a fine example of what tolerance leads to.

      “Becoming Westernized” is going to become a thing of the past if we don’t stand up for the American way. “Cultural entertainments” such a dog or cock fighting and Mexican rodeo are not acceptable in the U.S. Period. Gangs are not acceptable. Jail ‘em. Throw ‘em all in one prison, lock the doors and let them go at each other. Cooking meth in your garage is illegal and unacceptable. Haul those amateur chemists away and seize their homes. As a people we are too forgiving and too willing to turn the other cheek, live and let live.

  5. TLK says:

    Gallup must have cooked the books. I refuse to believe 47% of my countrymen are that stupid.

  6. Chuckk says:

    I don’t know why people don’t want Obamacare. It’s free, care will be excellent, the uninsured who are dying in the streets will live long and healthy lives. And best of all, everyone is equal and all will live the same number of years as decided by the Board of Longevity.

  7. caligirl9 says:

    I received this e-mail earlier tonight, and think this might be a good place to pass it on …

    On Tuesday, the Senate health committee voted 12-11 in favor of a two-page amendment courtesy of Republican Tom Coburn that would
    require all Members and their staffs to enroll in any new government-run health plan. It took me less than a minute to sign up to require our congressmen and senators to drink at the same trough!

    Three cheers for Congressman John Fleming of Louisiana !

    Congressman John Fleming ( Louisiana physician) has proposed an amendment that would require congressmen and senators to take the same healthcare plan they force on us (under proposed legislation they are curiously exempt).

    Congressman Fleming is encouraging people to go on his Website and sign his petition (very simple – just first, last and email).


    Please urge as many people as you can to do the same!

    If Congress forces this on the American people, the Congressmen should have to accept the same level of health care for themselves and their families. To do otherwise is the height of hypocrisy!

  8. ddunn says:

    Over the Thanksgiving holiday our Senators will be home. The 11/21 vote was to move the matter to debate once they return from the holiday.

    I urge each and everyone of you to visit their Senator’s office with the message they seem to not have heard. Vote for this Healthcare bill, and you better prepare for retirement.

    To that end:


    This is our last chance to be heard! If you can’t get to their office just drop one in the mail! Find the addresses here: http://www.senate.gov/ . A list of Democrat Senators up for re-election in 2010 is here: http://www.fireandreamitchell.com/2009/11/21/a-list-of-democrat-senators-up-for-re-election-in-2010/

    RSVP here, if you can: http://www.facebook.com/#/event.php?eid=179798034662&index=1

    Be sure to invite EVERYONE YOU KNOW!

    TIP 1: If there is already someone geared up to run against them, be sure to mention that candidate by name in a note, so they know that YOU KNOW who their competition is! Even better make sure they know you will be working on the competition’s campaign if you are so inclined!

    TIP 2: Think about presenting them with a big beautiful Mylar Balloon for a little extra pizazz!!

    TIP 3: Spend some quality crafty time with family and like-minded friends to deliver custom-crafted cards and doo-dads.

    TIP 4: No time to go to the card shop? Here’s a free retirement card template you can print and send! http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/TC103754971033.aspx?CategoryID=CT101433941033 ht

    TIP 5: Get a group together, meet up at a specific day/time and throw a party! Cards, balloons, cake, noise makers! Sing “For He’s a FOLLY Good Fellow,” give them a Barney the Dinosaur watch as a departing gift!

    TIP 6: Film the delivery and/or party. Take pictures during your visit or scan your card! Post them here! (We do love your creativity, folks, but PLEASE stay on topic or your image will be deleted)

    TIP 7: If your Senator is not there to see you, at least request the office manager. I believe this will provide more impact.

    Again, please be sure to invite EVERYONE YOU KNOW!

    RSVP here, if you can: http://www.facebook.com/#/event.php?eid=179798034662&index=1

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