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Fewer Americans support government role in providing health insurance

Posted On Mon, November 16, 2009

A new poll from Gallup shows that more people do not believe it is the federal government's responsibility to ensure that all Americans have health insurance.

Of respondents, 50 percent did not believe that it was the government's job to make sure people have health insurance coverage, whereas 47 percent said it was. This marks the first time in eight years that the survey shows fewer people think it's the government's responsibility to see that all citizens have health insurance.

"The current poll results indicate that, with the renewed healthcare debate since Obama took office, Americans have become less convinced that it is an appropriate goal for the federal government to take on the responsibility of ensuring that all Americans have healthcare coverage," Gallup noted.

As one might expect, the poll results fell along party lines. Of Republicans, and those who lean in that party's direction, 77 percent said it was not the government's responsibility, compared to the 74 percent of Democrats who said it is.

The survey comes during a time when members of the federal legislature are trying to decide the future of health insurance coverage in the country. The House recently passed a measure that would reform healthcare by a vote of 220-215.

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