Washington (CNN) - The public is divided over the idea of requiring all Americans to have health insurance, according to a new national survey. But a CNN/ORC International Poll also indicates that support for the proposal, a cornerstone of the 2010 health care reform law, has risen since June.
The survey's Monday release comes as the Supreme Court has agreed to decide the constitutionality of the sweeping health care reform law that was passed by a Democratic Congress and championed by President Barack Obama. The justices made their announcement in a brief order issued on Monday. Oral arguments would likely be held in late February or March, with a ruling by June, assuring the blockbuster issue will become a hot-button political issue in a presidential election year.
According to the poll, 52% of Americans favor mandatory health insurance, up from 44% in June. The survey indicates that 47% oppose the health insurance mandate, down from 54% in early summer.
"The health insurance mandate has gained most support since June among older Americans and among lower-income Americans," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "A majority of independents opposed the measure in June, but 52 percent of them now favor it."
The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International Poll from November 11-13, with 1,036 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.
- CNN's Bill Mears and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.
I don't expect to change anyone's already fixed mind, but the mandate is not for free health care. It is for everyone to PAY for health INSURANCE. NOBODY gets a free ride on this.
Yes, it does cost, though LESS than the cost we pay for uninsured emergency room visits. The FACTS are these:
1) we already pay, as a country, for the uninsured when they have to go to the hospital (because they can't pay).
2) we already pay, as a country, for those who can't afford treatments, because they become too sick to work (and become essentially disabled, so they qualify for Social Security).
I understand someone who dislikes the government mandate. Personally, I object to the fact that everyone has to get a Social Security Number. But the complaints about subsidizing others are either short-sighted or downright false. Making everyone pay for insurance saves everyone money in the long run (or at least it has the potential to do so).