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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Kaiser Health: Public 'Twice As Likely' To Be Unfavorable Of Individual Manadate As Likely To Favor It

By Susan Duclos

Via Kaiser Health Tracking Poll -- January 2012:

As for the public's own views of the mandate, the January poll shows that the requirement that everyone obtain health insurance or pay a fine continues to be unpopular. This month's poll finds the public more than twice as likely to have an unfavorable rather than favorable view of the provision (67% to 30%), very much in line with findings of previous Kaiser polls. Reflecting this dislike for a mandate, 54 percent of Americans say the Court should rule the individual mandate unconstitutional, while just 17 percent say they think it should be found constitutional. Roughly mirroring public views on the mandate, 55 percent of the public say they expect the Justices to find the mandate unconstitutional and 29 percent expect the Justices to find it constitutional.

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Nancy Pelosi famously stated "We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it."

Well, almost two years ago, Democrats, who controlled both the House of Representatives and the Senate, shoved it through and "passed the bill' without Republican support and against the majority of Americans who opposed it. Barack Obama signed it into law.

The public has seen "what is in it" and according to RCP averages, the plurality of Americans are still opposed to Obamacare as a whole, by a 11.6 percent margin.