Government involvement in health care has become a top health-care concern for many Americans, according to a new Gallup poll released Wednesday.

Compared to a previous survey at the beginning of the year, about twice as many people -- approximately 10% of those surveyed, up from 5% -- now consider government involvement in health care to be a problem, making the issue one of respondents' top five concerns.

The finding indicates mixed public reaction to the healthcare reform bill that President Barack Obama signed earlier this year. Most of the policies in the bill, designed to reduce the number of uninsured Americans, don't take effect until 2014. Meanwhile, some 16.6% of Americans had no health insurance in October, up from 16.1% at the beginning of 2009, Gallup said in a separate poll released earlier this month.

So it's no surprise that the biggest issue -- the one most cited as a problem by the respondents of this survey -- was access to health care, followed by costs. About a quarter of those polled listed access as a problem, while 19% picked costs, making those two issues the most critical factors to public opinion.

Democrats considered access and cost more problematic than Republicans, according to the survey released Wednesday, while Republicans were three times as likely as Democrats to call government involvement a health-care problem.


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ebo1d

THANKS TO OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRATS OUR INSURANCE INCREASED 20% FOR NEXT YEAR AND OUR CO-PAY 20% ALSO SO THANKS AGAIN TO THE WITCH PELOSIE AND THE CROOK HARRY REID AND THE SO CALLED PRESIDENT WE HAVE/////

November 18 2010 at 11:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Machinerymartinc

I DON'T SEE A PROBLEM WITH HEALTHCARE, 29 BUCKS A MONTH AIN'T BAD!!!

November 18 2010 at 10:10 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
doc4fitness

Government is part of the problem, but also part of the solution. We shouldn't have productive people in a society going bankrupt due to medical bills and we shouldn't have providers and services limited or eliminated due to liability issues. If we start from those 2 goals, we can solve the problem. The solutions are fairly simple: massive tort reform, opening up Medicare to everyone and raising the premiums on those who want it; insurance reform like getting rid of anti-trust exemptions, competition across state lines, cutting out lifetime limits and pre-existing conditions; making all medical expenses tax deductible regardless of income level or whether you itemize; getting rid of most of the government demands regarding benchmarks and stop penalizing providers and institutions; repealing all the Stark laws; cultural reforms (look at European versus American Hospitals and you'll see); elinimating Medicaid completely; getting rid of rules regarding cash payment and Medicare that will allow recipients to pay for their own care, usually at a discount (cash costs less), allow providers negotiating power when facing insurance companies, and that includes negotiating with the government; at some point we will need to choose what we pay for. How to pay for it? Raise Medicare premiums on recipients, raise payroll tax to 4% (2% or employer and 2% for employee), change unemployment insurance over to health and cut out unemployment benefits altogether, eliminate AFDC altogether and funnel that money into Medicare as well, "sin taxes," allow 100% tax deduction for all medical expenses, and a 1% V.A.T. Most refomr efforts haven't focused on making health care less expensive to practice; they have focuesd on cutting what is paid to hospitals and providers, so it doesn't address the cost of the business of health care. Great health care is going to cost a lot, you have to pay for very valuable labor, very valuable equipment, the creature comforts we enjoy while receiving health care, the technology we enjoy, and the availability of choices we have which gives us greater access. It is going to take a true public private/public partnership to do it right.

November 18 2010 at 2:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
claudiahoe@usa.com

You guys should stop complaining because, one the health care we have now isnt as good as it was supposed to be. also the law has just been signed so give it some time. so if u want to say u have the right to choose tell that to ur congress men or state official. If you do not have insurance and need one You can find full medical coverage at the lowest price check http://ow.ly/3akSX .If you have health insurance and do not care about cost just be happy about it and trust me you are not going to loose anything!

November 18 2010 at 2:28 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
jonas

Anytime the government messes with anything all they do is louse it up worse then it was to begin with, then they pass another bill to try and correct that, and F that up then pass another bill to fix that, and all the while it just gets Fd up worse and worse. Thank Reid Pelosi and Obama.

November 17 2010 at 11:52 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
susanlilrhea

And, government is fixing to strike again. Search "S 510". We will soon have no choice in what we buy or eat.

November 17 2010 at 10:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BHULINGS7

dooes anyone know how to get a dr. soon as they hear medicaide-medicare they aren't taking that insurance or no new patients?

November 17 2010 at 9:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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jonas

My Doctor told me, that he will not take anymore medicare or medicaid patients, and he will start phasing out all that he has now.

November 17 2010 at 11:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply