This is a remarkable poll result, given the length of time during which this question has been asked. For the duration of George W. Bush’s presidency, the idea that government has a responsibility “to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage” won a strong public-opinion majority. In the past three years, that idea has lost one-third of its support. It’s now below 50 percent for the first time in at least a decade.
Not surprisingly, there’s a big split between Republicans and Democrats on this idea. But what is surprising is that Democratic support for it is lower now than it has been for most of the past 10 years.
I don’t see how this result can be anything other than an indictment of the way President Obama and the Democratic leadership in Congress have approached health reform. It’s time to start over.