For first time in Gallup's polling, majority of Americans are against health care guarantee

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For the first time in Gallup trends since 2000, a majority of Americans say it is not the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage. Prior to 2009, a majority always felt the government should ensure healthcare coverage for all, though Americans’ views have become more divided in recent years.

The shift … began shortly after Obama’s election and has continued the past several years during the discussions and ultimate passage of the Affordable Care Act … Americans are divided on that legislation today — 48% approve and 45% disapprove … Republicans, including Republican-leaning independents, are mostly responsible for the drop since 2007 in Americans’ support for government ensuring universal health coverage.

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