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Gallup: Americans evenly divided on court’s ObamaCare ruling

THIS FIRST MEASURE of public reaction to the Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act refutes the claim made by conservatives that most Americans consider ObamaCare a violation of the Constitution:

The USA Today/Gallup poll found that 46 percent of respondents agree with the court’s ruling that the law is Constitutional, while 46 percent disagree. Seventy-nine percent of Democrats back the high court’s decision, while only 13 percent of Republicans do. Independents are divided, with 45 percent agreeing with the court and 42 percent disagreeing.

The poll also provides some insight into how important the issue of health care could be in November. Four out of five surveyed say health care will impact their vote, but only 21 percent say it will be the only factor. Fifty-nine percent say it will be one of several issues taken into consideration.

 Gallup found that among the 21 percent of respondents for whom the health care law is the only factor, respondents are nearly twice as likely to disagree with the court’s decision than agree with it, 59 percent to 36 percent.

Only 13 percent of respondents said they wanted the entire law to remain on the books as it was written. Twenty-one percent wanted parts of the law repealed. A quarter wanted the government’s role in health care expanded beyond the health care law, and nearly a third wanted the entire law repealed.

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  1. They keep saying it’s not a tax, so therefore, it’s unconsitutional. Roberts passed it because making it a tax it’s the only way it could be made Constitutional. You will know them by their fruits.

  2. bejer50

    Why nearly anyone would NOT want a healthcare system that:

    – Forbids annual and lifetime caps
    – Forbids dropping one’s policy if they get sick
    – Opens insurance to those with pre-existing conditions
    – Makes all citizens stakeholders by taking personal responsibility for their ability to pay,
    as well as being more proactive in their own health.
    – Places more emphasis on preventative care and early detection, saving BILLIONS.
    – Will enable an estimated 30 million Americans to get affordable, basic, quality health care
    – Will likely create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the insurance, pharma, and healthcare industries, and those industries dependent upon them
    – Is NOT Government-Run Healthcare (my emphasis)
    – Gives insurance portability to “Joe Worker,” who will no longer be a prisoner of their employers health plan.
    – After the initial start-up costs, will likely save Trillions of dollars in future years.
    -Is modeled after Romneycare, a Massachusetts system that is , by most accounts, working splendidly.

    That will do for starters.

    Again, why would practically anyone NOT want this?

    You like the system we had before the ACA, maybe?

    -

  3. bejer50

    Oh yes, I forgot:

    – Allows insuring dependents until age 26
    – Gives tax breaks to small businesses
    – Regulates large and frequent rate increases by insurance companies
    – Early Innovator grant program to States
    – Improved information technology making it easier to identify “those without insurance”
    – Will greatly reduce the burden on our overworked and chaotic Emergency Departments, while saving Billions in unnecessary ER visits

    OK, let the rebuttals begin.

  4. Tlhanks bejer50 unfortunately sometimes it’s hard to reason with the unreasonable. At one point the National Heritage Foundation along with many Republicans endorsed such a health care system along with kudos for Mittcare.

  5. bejer50

    Again I say, Let the rebuttals begin.

    (crickets….)

  6. expdoc

    Bejer,

    I like almost all of those things as well. In fact, I think Social Security should provide me with at least double the payout I am currently owed. I would like that too.

    You answered your own question-

    “will likely save Trillions of dollars”

    What government entitlement has ever cost or saved the amount of money predicted?

    In addition, you will be wrong about the saving billions in ER visits. ER’s will be swamped.

    No it will cost us trillions, unless of course payments to hospitals and providers are slashed severely and taxes massively increased to cover the difference.

  7. kevind1986

    So we can’t afford the system we have, but we CAN afford a plan with additional coverage and more government bureaucracy to boot. I don’t like kool-aid and I won’t partake, thank you.

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