Gallup review on eve of Supreme Court decision reminds us how unpopular ObamaCare really is
By Dave Andrusko
On the very day some expected the Supreme Court to render its decision on ObamaCare (it didn’t), Gallup today released an analysis reminding us just how deep is the opposition to President Obama’s “signature” domestic triumph.
At the heart of ObamaCare is the so-called “individual mandate,” the requirement that virtually all Americans have health insurance by 2014 or pay a fine. Referring to a recent poll, Gallup’s Frank Newport wrote
“Despite this being a central element of the law, Americans are remarkably unified in believing the individual mandate violates constitutional liberties. Overall, 72% say the individual mandate is unconstitutional, while 20% consider it constitutional. Naturally, the vast majority of Republicans (94%) and opponents of the healthcare law (94%) say the provision is unconstitutional, but so do the majority of Democrats (56%) and those who broadly favor the law (54%).”
At the heart of Newport’s analysis is a reminder that—contrary to what Obama supporters insisted—the law has not grown in popularity but (in most surveys) is even less so. While Gallup’s February numbers showed an almost exact even split, Newport observes
“Other polls conducted more recently have tended to show a more negative assessment, including the Kaiser Family Foundation May update in which Americans were more unfavorable than favorable toward the law by a 44% to 37% margin. A new June 14-18 AP/GfK poll found 47% opposed to the law, while 33% were in favor.”
(Worth noting is that ever since ObamaCare was passed, the Kaiser Family Foundation has always managed to find a silver lining for President Obama in polling results.)
Rasmussen Reports has long followed the fortunes of ObamaCare. On Monday its national telephone survey of Likely Voters found that 52% would like the High Court to overturn ObamaCare versus 38% who want the justices to uphold the law.
It gets worse for ObamaCare. Recently over two-thirds of the American public said it hopes the Supreme Court will strike down all or part of ObamaCare –while just 24% hopes the high court will uphold ObamaCare–according to a New York Times/CBS News poll.
*“Forty-one percent of those surveyed said the court should strike down the entire law, and another 27 percent said the justices should overturn only the individual mandate, which requires most Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty,” wrote the Times’ Adam Liptak and Allison Kopicki.
* About two-thirds of Republicans wanted the entire law struck while 43% of Democrats and 22% of Independents said the entire law should be upheld.
* However, “More than 70 percent of Independents said they wanted to see some or all of the law struck down, with a majority saying they hoped to see the whole law overturned,” Liptak and Kopicki reported.
Pro-lifers oppose ObamaCare because it is riddled with provisions that will allow the administration to subsidize abortion via insurance coverage, as well as promoting euthanasia through health care rationing. We have also seen how there are carte blanche provisions which the Obama Administration has used as justification to mandate that religious institutions and individuals of conscience pay for health insurance plans that cover medical procedures and drugs contrary to their religious beliefs and conscience.
All in all, a law that cannot be gutted, one way or the other, soon enough.
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