Gallup: Only 6 Percent Cite Health Care As Top Problem In U.S.

Very few Americans rank health care as the most important problem facing the country, a new poll from Gallup shows.

A day removed from the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on the Affordable Care Act — the culmination of an extended period when health care consumed much of the country’s news coverage — only 6 percent of Americans cite health care as the country’s top problem.  

That’s a sharp dip since 2009, when Democrats were pushing their health care overhaul through Congress and 26 percent of Americans said it was the nation’s top probelm.  The results of the poll may also parallel the lack of political will to revisit the debate over the 2010 law, widely known as “Obamacare.” 


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