U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while talking about the Affordable Care Act in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, November 14, 2013. Obama bowed to political pressure from his fellow Democrats on Thursday and announced a plan to let insurers renew for one year the health plans for Americans whose policies would be otherwise canceled due to Obamacare. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX15DNW U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while talking about the Affordable Care Act in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, November 14, 2013. Obama bowed to political pressure from his fellow Democrats on Thursday and announced a plan to let insurers renew for one year the health plans for Americans whose policies would be otherwise canceled due to Obamacare. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX15DNW  

Gallup poll: Majority of Americans say it’s not government’s job to provide health coverage

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Patrick Howley
Political Reporter

Fifty-six percent of American adults say that it is not the federal government’s responsibility to provide healthcare coverage, according to a new Gallup poll.

The survey released Monday shows that anti-government healthcare sentiment, which has risen dramatically during Obama’s presidency, is now at a “record high,” according to Gallup.

Fifty-five percent of independents don’t think the government needs to provide health coverage, compared to just 27 percent of independents in 2000.

Eighty-six percent of Republicans think it is not the government’s job to provide health coverage, while only 12 think that it is the government’s responsibility.

A record 30 percent of Democrats now feel that it is not the government’s job to provide health coverage.

In 2006, however, a whopping 69 percent of Americans believed that the government has a responsibility to provide health coverage.

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