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Americans Want Bigger Role for Government in Health Care

The American people prefer a bigger government that provides more health care services according to a new poll by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Only 37 percent of Americans would prefer a smaller government that provided fewer health services, while a majority, 52 percent, said they would prefer a larger government that provided more health services. From the Poll:

Americans' Health Agenda: Chart 1

The chart from the report compares the health care question to polling on the issue of whether Americans prefer a smaller or larger government in general. It shouldn’t be surprising that Americans like the role the government plays in health care given that Medicare is by far one of the most popular federal programs.

The poll also found that 52 percent of those polled said their top health concern was cost, followed by the issues uninsured/access to care at 18 percent.

We know from international experiences that if we actually had a larger role for government in our health care system, in the form of single payer (Medicare for all), that would dramatically reduce health care costs and eliminate the issue of people being uninsured.


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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at