If a new Gallop poll is correct, Americans are softening their dislike for the U.S. healthcare system.
Except for a period right after 9/11 in 2001, the latest views on the healthcare system are the least negative since Gallop began polling the question in 1994. Just 63% say that the system either has major problems (49%) or is in a state of crisis (14%).
Almost two-thirds might sound like a lot, but the percentage of the nation responding that way was above 70% for most of the last decade.
The flip side is also true. The number of Americans responding that the healthcare system has either minimal problems or no problems climbed to its highest level, 37%, since the brief blip in 2001.
It could be that we’re growing to love, or at least not hate, the behemoth that is our healthcare system, or it could be that all the talk of replacing it has us quite worried about what we’d get as an alternative.