A Gallup poll reveals that a supermajority of Americans — 69% — believe that it is the responsibility of the federal government to provide universal health care. Only 28% say that it’s not the government’s job. This is a 17% increase from 2000. Support for social welfare has steadily climbed since the early 1990s, and increased markedly post-Katrina, when it became clear that millions of Americans are one mishap away from third world poverty. I opposed universal health care until a few years ago, when I decided that it is fundamentally wrong to let a child die because she had the misfortune to be born to poor parents, free market be damned.