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Gallup poll: 7 in 10 say US health care system has 'major problems'

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A large majority of Americans believe the U.S. health care system is in a state of crisis or has major problems, according to a poll released Monday.

A Gallup poll showed that 70 percent of respondents believe the health care system has significant issues, compared to 30 percent who said it has no problems or minor problems. The numbers are similar to the same poll from a year ago when 71 percent of Americans said the system was in a state of crisis.

Roughly 70 percent of Americans have viewed the health care system as being in a state of crisis over the last decade, though the views of the two major parties have split sharply in recent years.

Those who identify as Democrats have more consistently rated the health care system as a major problem in the Gallup poll. Monday's poll found 84 percent of Democrats believe it’s in a state of crisis, up from 76 percent a year ago and 63 percent in 2016.

Among Republicans, 56 percent say the health care system has major problems, down from 71 percent a year ago and from 80 percent in 2016.

The two parties have offered different solutions on how to address the health care system moving forward. Some progressive Democrats have floated a universal health care system, while Republicans have unsuccessfully sought to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

Democrats seized on health care as a main talking point during the midterm campaign, which was ongoing during some of the polling.

The party went on to pick up 40 seats and take back the majority in the House.

Monday’s poll surveyed 1,037 people between Nov. 1-Nov. 11, 2018. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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