Forbes April 1, 2024
Robert Pearl, M.D.

In a striking departure from recent voting and polling trends, healthcare has tumbled to the 16th-most important problem facing Americans today, according to Gallup data released Friday.

At first glance, this shift is bewildering, especially considering the central role healthcare played in the 2018, 2020 and 2022 election cycles.

Americans now list the nation’s top problems as immigration (28%), the government (20%), the economy in general (12%), inflation (11%), poverty, hunger and homelessness (5%), unifying the country (4%), crime/violence (4%), and so on.

Contrary to what the Gallup poll might suggest, the importance of healthcare hasn’t diminished. In fact, the scenario is quite the reverse. Healthcare continues to be a pivotal issue, but its impact now permeates a broader array...

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