Americans divided on health care ruling
June 29th, 2012
05:45 PM ET
2 years ago

Americans divided on health care ruling

(CNN) – Thursday's Supreme Court ruling upholding President Barack Obama's health care law has Americans divided, according to the first survey following the landmark decision.

Friday's poll from USA Today/Gallup showed 46% of Americans agree with the court's ruling, with 46% saying they disagree. Opinions were predictably split along party lines: 79% of self-identified Democrats agreed with the decision to uphold the president's law, while 83% of Republicans disagreed with the ruling.

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Independents mirrored the poll's larger results – 45% agreed with the Supreme Court's decision, and 42% disagreed.

A CNN/ORC Poll taken at the end of May indicated 43% of Americans favored the Affordable Care Act, while 51% opposed the measure. Broken down, 13% said they opposed the law because it was not liberal enough, while 34% opposed it because it was too liberal.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare, saying the individual mandate, while not constitutional under the Commerce Clause of the constitution, was valid if viewed as a tax.

Following the decision, Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee, renewed his vow to eliminate the law if elected president, and House Republicans scheduled a vote to repeal the measure in July. That effort, which could pass the Republican-controlled House, isn't expected to get anywhere in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

The Gallup survey taken after the court's ruling showed 31% of Americans said they wanted the entire law repealed. Twenty-one percent advocated repealing parts of the law.

Another 25% said the government's role in health care should be expanded beyond the level stipulated in Affordable Care Act.

The Gallup poll was taken June 28 by telephone from 1,012 adults. The sampling error was plus or minus four percentage points.

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Filed under: Health care • Polls • President Obama
soundoff (172 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    @Bev Varnado: "It will never work. Our system is not really bad."

    If it's not so bad, then why were people dying because insurance companies dropped them when they got sick? (Obamacare fixed that.)

    Why were small businesses having to drop coverage for their employees because they couldn't afford the premiums? (Obamacare fixed that.)

    Why were seniors having to choose between medicine and food? (Obamacare fixed that.)

    Why were people ending up at the ER because they didn't have access to preventive care? (Obamacare fixed that.)

    June 30, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. Lynn

    My son is 19. He doesn't have health insurance. He has a tumor in his throat. We don't have the money to pay the bill. Thank God for President Obama. I know he did this because of his mother.

    June 30, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. CNNguest001

    Interesting, given that most people agree with almost everything in the biil. This is a case of an effective misinformation campaign by Repubs.

    June 30, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. DManzi

    The best, most articulate, yet plain analysis of the SCOTUS ruling is at PJ Fusco On The News. He nails it in an article, "Justice Roberts, The Most Hated Man In America".

    June 30, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. JL. Taylor

    The new mission for President Obama involves telling spoiled Republicans and blue dog Democrats that
    living in a progressive civilized socity with good roads, clean air, safe food, clean water, police, teachers,
    firemen, park rangers, state troopers, public schools, safe airports, care for the elderly, public health units,
    dog catchers, public and private jobs both created by the dreded government spending, cost guard, research,
    of all kind on earth and in space and last but not lease a strong military all cost MONEY. I wonder which one
    of the items listed the God loving hypocrites would like to get rid of.

    June 30, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  6. normajean @ verizon ,com

    I'm willing to take the time to read up on this health plan before making a commment or complaint...The Repubs are already yelling and complaining even though they have done NOTHING to improve the country nor the lives of the middle and lower economic classes. All they can think of is "ONE TERM PRESIDENT" thanks to that creep McConnell , or how this will affect them personally....they don't care what happens to the millions of forgotten,jobless people who are still struggling to keep moving!!. Repubs ...don't you think it's time you thought of others instead of yourselves??? JUST ONCE???

    June 30, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. JiminNM

    It's a corporation and not a country. You are all slaves of the corporation as are your children. Your vote is meaningless and the corporation decides the candidates and the winners. Wise up.

    June 30, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. MaryM

    Do you realize that people, including children, with pre existing conditions can now buy health insurance and affordable health insurance at that. NO caps or limits on insurance. LOTS more people will now have insurance, driving down the cost.

    June 30, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. Chad

    wow im going to have health insurance now!!!! luckily i had it when i was 24 on my parents plan or else i would be paying 20 grand to the hospital for the surgeries i had done. see people dont really think much on how much of a toll it would really be for the people who are un insured that get rushed to the hospital and are in need of desperate care. every major nation has universal health care. its not perfect legislation but its something. one day this country will evolve. turn off fox news... i watch it just to watch the brainwashing that goes on there. its truly disturbing. i like their slogan on their website. "Fair and balanced" disgusting.

    June 30, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. Chad

    also romney get a clue dude. your state 98 percent of the people are insured because of practically the same plan obama out out. is this country really that slow in the head? every issue and i mean every issue romney has flopped on. hes been a liberal to a far right conservative just to please certain people. people need to start researching and not just following propaganda they hear on conservative talk radio. you should see the redneck i work with. its just scary.

    June 30, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. Chad

    hey people who have health insurance. think of the people that dont that have to go to the hospital and get surgery or are almost dying. they have to pay 10's of thousands of dollars when everything is over with. how much of a burden would that be? a big time burden. I had major surgery when i was 24 and if i wasnt on my parents plan i would be so far in debt i wouldnt know what to do. the plan is not perfect but its something. everyone deserves this and its truly disgusting that people cant get help when they need it because they arent insured or cant afford it. what country is this? every major nation has universal health care. time to evolve america.

    June 30, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Chad

    gonna be a real interesting election. must be nice that one of romneys donors a billionaire is pledging to give him 100 million dollars. ONE PERSON. wheres democracy? Oh yeah the billionaires and millionaires run this country. maybe the poor and middle class should open their eyes up to whos truly owning the pawn politicians.

    June 30, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. Hillcrester

    So, 56% favor retaining the ACA or having something "more liberal," perhaps a single payer system or a law that provdes greater benefits and/or covers more people!

    That sounds like a clear majority favors the Dem position.

    Too bad the article didn't just come out and say that!

    June 30, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. Bill Miller

    It would seem that the new law will obviously be good for lower income americans. I don't know what it cost the gov. each year but it must be in the billions for health care, that is to pay for the poor or those in low income brackets. So the law will spread the cost around instead of shouldering the entire bill thus saving the gov. money and maybe helping the economy. There must be millions of people out there who can afford it but opt out of getting health insurance because they feel they don't need it. Those people would be angry with the bill and I can see why. I guess only time will tell if it's a good thing or not.

    June 30, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. Terry

    Why can't we all just get along? Anybody remember that? Just a little compassion for everyone would be so nice.
    I will glady pay a little more for everyone to have health care.

    June 30, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. Larry in Houston

    I'm afraid that the republicans won't Just waste everybody's time in July – but IF they get their man romney In – then there won't be much done in the next 4 yrs, because they will be fighting the ACA (affordable Care Act) the whole time.

    June 30, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. Max Powers

    It really sucks when the country is so evenly split on an issue. It's hard to make a rock solid argument on either side when this happens.

    June 30, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. rich kid

    It will will be just like every other govt. program, it will go broke in a couple of years.

    June 30, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. Debbie Russo

    does anyone know if illegals in our country are going to be held to the same standards as americans. they are the one draining our health care system.

    June 30, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  20. chaz1

    I expect with this legislation and most legislation in this country, people make up their minds based on what they hear without really knowing much about the details. That's a pitty, because details are important. Be that as it may, I don't think anyone can deny that being covered is a good thing, but of course nothing is free, and I don't think anyone can deny that our current system is overpriced, inefficient and sometimes unfair, yet we resist the solutions other countries already employ to provide healthcare at far lower costs than we see here in the US and to all of their citizens. Many of those countries cover costs with higher taxes and more regulation. Some of them even employ mandates as with this legislation. So why aren't their own citizens resisting en masse these measures and complaining about universal coverage? Well, maybe such systems aren't as bad as we've been lead to believe by certain factions here in the US. Clearly, we need to do SOMETHING to begin to fix our system, and clearly, up to this point, very little has been done. This legislation is a definitive start. It's not ideal by any means, but it begins to move us toward the kind of more efficient, more comprehensive, less costly systems already enjoyed by the rest of the industrialized world. So is the entire rest of the industrialized world wrong and only the US knows best? Does anyone really believe that? Really?

    June 30, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. garden1

    health insurance under obama care will be less burden on middle class because even poor people will become conscious for insurance payment. without obama care poor peple were getting free medical / hospital help at the cost of middle class. under obma care, when effected, middle class will have less burden.

    June 30, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. Brenda Williams

    My issue with "obamacare" is that it does nothing to address the escalating costs of health care.

    The administration rolled over and play party politics with insurance and medical lobbyists.

    June 30, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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