It is both wrongheaded and imprudent for the government to pursue any goal towards universal outcomes. Rather it’s the job of government to ensure universal opportunity. Nowhere is this more evident than with the healthcare system.
In the pursuit of universal health insurance coverage, the federal government has driven up the cost of healthcare with market distorting mandates, subsidies, and interventions. Fortunately, the public now understands that the government must focus on lowering costs for everyone, rather than universal coverage – an unattainable goal.
According to a new Gallup poll, a record 54% of respondents believe that universal health coverage is not the responsibility of the federal government. As you can see, that is a record high and a huge reversal from the past, in which most Americans bought into this notion that it’s possible to provide universal coverage without killing the healthcare system and raising costs.
Obviously, Obamacare has done a lot to educate the public on the vices of government intervention into healthcare. Sadly, Republicans failed to harness this issue to their benefit during the elections. What a lost opportunity.