Today People’s Pundit Daily reported that an even higher record number oppose ObamaCare, but a survey from Gallup shows the left is in real trouble. A new survey by Gallup found that 56 percent of adults now say that it is not the job of the federal government to ensure that all Americans have healthcare coverage.
The 56 percent of U.S. adults who now say it is not the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage is now a new record high. But the left has really taken a beating on this issue, despite Nancy Pelosi telling “Meet the Press” that healthcare is a right, not a privilege.
Prior to 2009, a clear majority of Americans consistently had said the government should take responsibility for ensuring that all Americans have healthcare.
Charles Krauthammer, an award winning columnist for People’s Pundit Daily, remarked on Fox News that we may be witnessing the end of liberalism for generations. The findings by Gallup at least somewhat show the potential for Charles to be correct, with a stark reversal in public opinion and sentiment supporting such a trend.
While for many Americans healthcare seemed to be a fundamental right, one protected and ensured by the federal government, now that has changed with reality.
As reported by Gallup, amid the failed ObamaCare rollout and realization that the government is a scary entity to control healthcare, attitudes across all three partisan groups have moved away from the view that ensuring healthcare coverage is a proper role of government. It is true, however, the shift is most significantly among Republicans and independents.
In September 2000, only 53 percent of Republicans believed the government should not be responsible for ensuring all Americans had health coverage. Today, a whopping 86 percent feel that way, representing an increase of 33 percentage points in 13 years. Not surprisingly, throughout the same period, the number of Republicans believing the government should ensure healthcare coverage for all has fallen from 42 percent to 12 percent.
Historically, independents have polled along with Republicans on the issue of health care, and now that trend continues with 55 percent of independents now saying the government should not be involved with healthcare, representing an increase of 28 points since 2000.
The real story, however, is the percentage of Democrats who hold this view. That number has risen to a statistically significant 30 percent, which is its highest level since Gallup first asked the question and an 11-point increase since 2000 — with the largest change in opinion occurring between 2006 and 2008.