Large Majority hopes Supreme Court strikes parts or all of ObamaCare, new poll reveals

By Dave Andrusko

Over two-thirds of the American public 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 released today. The Court heard a nearly unprecedented six hours of oral arguments in March and the justices are expected to render a decision by the end of June.

The breakdowns are fascinating:

*“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,” write 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 report.

According to CBS News, “The percentage that wants to see the entire law abolished is up slightly since April, when 37 percent said they wanted the court to overturn the full law, 29 percent said only the mandate should be overturned and 23 percent wanted the whole law upheld.”

Two circuit courts of appeals declared ObamaCare constitutional—the 6th and the District of Columbia. One deemed it unconstitutional—the 11th circuit–while one (the 4th circuit) said until someone was forced to pay the penalty for not purchasing insurance, a challenge could not be brought.

From a pro-life perspective, there are multiple abortion-expanding provisions of ObamaCare. (See in an October 6 letter to the House of Representatives and in testimony by Legislative Director Douglas Johnson.) It is those abortion-expanding  provisions  that the Protect Life Act, passed by the House last October, are intended to remedy.

Specifically, ObamaCare includes provisions  that “provide authorizations for subsidies for abortion, both implicit and explicit, and also multiple provisions that opened doors to abortion-expanding administrative actions.”  The Protect Life Act would prohibit the use of any ObamaCare-authorized funds for abortions or to subsidize health plans that cover abortions, except to save the life of the mother, or in cases of rape or incest.

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