Gallup: US Wants Government-Run Universal Healthcare

| by Robert Fowler
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of VermontDemocratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont

A new survey conducted by Gallup found that 58 percent of Americans favor replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- sometimes called Obamacare -- with government-funded universal healthcare.

The polling indicates that the majority of the country is on board with a policy the Republican Party has strongly resisted. The only presidential candidate to firmly propose universal healthcare in the 2016 cycle is Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

On May 16, Gallup released polling results from a survey asking respondents about the ACA, the key legislative achievement of President Barack Obama.

Of those polled, 58 percent were in favor of replacing the ACA with a government program for all Americans, with 37 percent opposed.

In fact, 51 percent of respondents were in favor of repealing the ACA, with 45 percent opposed. Meanwhile, respondents were split on keeping the ACA intact, with 48 percent in favor and 49 percent opposed.

“The results show that many Americans are OK with several ways of handling the ACA rather than favoring only possibility,” wrote Gallup pollster Frank Newport.

There was a partisan split in the results, with Democrats and Democrat-leaning respondents reacting favorably toward both keeping the ACA or replacing it with universal healthcare.

Meanwhile, Republican and Republican-leaning respondents were overwhelmingly in favor of repeal and overwhelmingly against keeping the ACA. 41 percent were in favor of replacing the program with universal healthcare while 55 percent were opposed.

The Republican Party leadership has vowed to repeal and replace the ACA. The House Speaker, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, has requested the Health Care Reform Task Force have a thorough plan prepared, to be unveiled during the Republican National Convention July 18, according to Heartland.

Meanwhile, in the Democratic presidential primary, Sanders has advocated replacing the ACA with a universal healthcare system, the Washington Post reports.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is opposed to scrapping the program, promising to build upon its foundation to provide coverage for more Americans, notes The New York Times. She has recently suggested lowering the age minimum for Medicare eligibility to cut down on premium costs for young ACA buyers.

Sources: Gallup, Heartland, The New York Times / Photo credit: Timothy Krause/Flickr

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