So why is it so difficult a concept for many politicians? We know you know the answer to that question. Still, the surprising results show that universal healthcare is gaining popularity among more conservative voters.
The latest Gallup poll conducted this November had some surprising results. Approximately 51% of Americans believe it is the U.S. government’s responsibility to ensure all Americans have healthcare coverage, versus 47% of still oppose the idea.
Those numbers may not seem shocking to you. But they are. Here’s why: according to Gallup, this is the first time since 2008 that a majority of Americans say universal healthcare is the government’s responsibility.
Gallup claims that, between 2009 and 2011, the issue was so divisive that Americans were split on the matter. Following that, during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, universal healthcare was polling much lower, with only 45% of Americans favoring it in 2014.
That’s a huge six-point jump from 2014 to 2015 however. People within the age range of 50 to 64 years old had a 12 point jump, from a 36% approval rating to 48%.
With these favorable results from a nationwide poll, why would politicians be so quick to dismiss Affordable Care Act? Nearly all the GOP candidates have stated they would repeal it. We do know that, according to the website OpenSecrets.org, the pharmaceutical and healthy industry is consistently near the top when it comes to federal campaign contributions (see video above for more information on this).
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