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New Poll Shows 67% Oppose Obamacare’s Individual Mandate

Obamacare proves unpopular, according to polls

While it might be a little late to come to the table, a new poll shows that a vast majority of Americans are no fan of Obamacare’s individual mandate, the legal requirement for every American to be covered by some form of health insurance. With Supreme Court rulings on the books, these polls show that most Americans want it tossed out.

The Supreme Court is preparing itself for open hearings on the constitutionality of Obama’s federal health care package in the coming weeks. As this is about to happen, the new poll shows that Americans oppose it 52% to 41%. An even higher percentage (the aforementioned 67%) take particular umbrage at the entire Affordable Care Act and want it thrown out. If they can’t get that, they at least want the individual mandate gone, which as stated, requires Americans to be covered by some form of health insurance.

The poll was run by ABC News and the Washington Post. The law has never found majority support, despite some reports. The most recent poll shows 70% of Americans saying they’ve heard mostly negative things about the law recently, and even amongst its supporters, 53% report hearing mostly bad buzz.

To be fair, some parts of the Obama health care package are popular; the new allowance to parents to cover their children for longer, for instance. But the negativity of the individual mandate defeats even all the good the law could do. On the other side of the issue, the poll found that 26% support the law entirely, as is, while 25% would additionally support it so long as the individual mandate goes kaput.

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14 Responses to “New Poll Shows 67% Oppose Obamacare’s Individual Mandate”

  1. David Johnston

    It's an economic impossibility for the bill to survive without the mandate, so the 25% who would support it with that clause removed should basically be counted as people who oppose the bill. Congress, for all its faults, even recognized this and didn't include a severability clause. Without the mandate, people will be incentivized not to purchase insurance until they have serious medical issues. At that point, they'll purchase insurance and insurers have no ability to refuse coverage. That will drive prices for "insurance" (it's not really insurance anymore at that point) up and create a death spiral.

  2. Anonymous

    Who would you say those people are – the ones that would be "incentivized" to not purchase insurance? Could those be the same ones who already clog the emergency rooms, because they don’t have insurance preventing others from getting timely care? Aren’t we paying for them already? At least now some of them are forced to pay a tax…

  3. David Johnston

    Everyone who doesn't have ongoing medical expenses would be incentivized (no need for the scare quotes…it's a real word: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incentivize ) to drop health insurance until they actually need it. The reason is that they could go most of their lives without paying anything for insurance and not using expensive health care services. Then, when/if they get sick, they could apply for and receive insurance due to insurance companies' inability to exclude based on pre-existing conditions.