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The Gallup survey taken after the court's ruling showed 31% of Americans said they wanted the entire law repealed.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. paul

    Really America divided? That is Karl Rove's dream. With only two political parties, that is a really challenging headline to come up with! How about America the land of a bunch of tecno social nitwits who will do anything and say anything to make a buck? Oh sorry this tirade has nothing to do with how the insurance company execs are going to survive in this new environment.

    June 30, 2012 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  2. tony

    A ship of fools. One half trying to row to shore, the other half trying to sink the boat.

    June 30, 2012 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  3. Paul Falduto

    It is the Affordable Care Act, it is not "Obamacare." We don't call Medicare "Johnsoncare" or Social Security "Rooseveltcare."

    June 30, 2012 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  4. roro

    The Republicans lost this one, and now they're whining over it. The only ones who will pay a tax/penalty are those who can afford to buy health coverage and don't. And the penalty/tax has no teeth, anyway. The ACA specifically says that there will be no bringing of charges either criminally or civilly. So the whole ballyhoo is nonsense with just more lies, distortions, and misinformation by the Republicans. Lying to the American citizens should be illegal and come with a large fine, although with the huge amount of money they have, thanks to the horrific Citizens United crap, it would probably be just a drop in the bucket. Shame on all the Republican liars, starting with Romney.

    June 30, 2012 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  5. Snooze70

    I'm sick of the constant sniping about the medical care act. It won't be repealed, so Repbulicans get off it! Start doing something constructive. Count me as one who won't vote for a Republican again until the party is back on track. Time to jettison the tea party ideologues.

    June 30, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  6. db

    It won't force me to buy insurance. I'm self employed and insurance for just me is 1500.00 a month(no pre-existing conditions). The fine is 1% of my income. 300.00 dollars a year. Which one would you choose?

    June 30, 2012 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  7. republican rebel

    ok, i'm officially scared. if 13 percent ofamerica thinks that the ACA isn't liberal enough, we're going forward. OFF A CLIFF! the ACA is the peak of socialism without actually being socialism.

    June 30, 2012 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  8. william mckinney

    I think middle class an the rich need to stop thinking with there money an think about the right thing to do about healthcare, because they have family that can not a ford that healthcare all so the kids that they have. I think they need to think back an really look at who all they are hurting around the world an there own familys. Its not all about the poor ether its about all of us. I think Obama healthcare is doing good for us. We should stand by each other an make it work for all of us, we all in the united states together as one. Im not middle or rich but i know one thing we all leave for one person an thats god so do whats good four all of us. Talk about jobs that we need an how hard it is four the young to get jobs an healthcare an fix that.

    June 30, 2012 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  9. Mia

    Get ready for long waits for any tests or treatments. Your taxes will go up for sure. Hope you enjoy paying for deadbeats medical care & illegal aliens. The feds. screw up everything they touch & the red tape will be endless. This is another kick in the teeth for Americans.

    June 30, 2012 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  10. labman57

    Most of the people polled strongly support the key components provided within the ACA, yet they simultaneously do not support "Obamacare".

    This makes about as much sense as stating that you love grilled ground beef patties with melted cheese, ketchup, pickles, onions, lettuce, and tomato between a sliced sesame seed bun ... but you hate hamburgers.

    June 30, 2012 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  11. Stan

    Naah who cares.

    I want single-payer system and socialist party to be present in the elections.

    Romney and Barack are more of the same.

    June 30, 2012 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  12. James Ruston

    So the Republicans don't like the Affordable Care Act. Surprise, surprise. The question is, what do they like? A more important question is: When are people going to insist that Republicans explain what they want besides the end of Obama?

    June 30, 2012 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  13. Investment Advisor

    Justice Roberts really stretched to get this decision. His arguement is far and away totally disconnected from Scalia,Alito,Kennedy and Thomas as they were throwing out the whole law. I'm against this law and think a better plan can be hammered out....one that will not bury our country as this on eventually will. One thing Roberts did was to open the door for the people to overturn this law by voting Pres. Obama out in November. I think that will happen.

    June 30, 2012 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  14. Dave

    The Rupubes do NOTHING for the middle class..THANK YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR US!!! .. Most of America is MIDDLE CLASS, now duh!! Why would any of us want a repube to call the shots for us.. how dumb is that??

    June 30, 2012 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  15. ourjungle

    The Biden Prophecy:
    Failed Euro Nations + Exipired Bush Tax Cuts + Trillion Dollar Obamacare Tax Burden = United States slips into Economic Depression in year 2013.
    Divorce rates go through the roof during a Nation's time of Economic Depression,and marriage rates crash ( I don't know why I mentioned this). We can fix two out of three of these problems this coming November.

    June 30, 2012 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  16. borisjimbo

    People like the individual provisions of the law but they don't like the law itself. Do these people realize how inconsistent this is?

    June 30, 2012 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  17. maltytasker

    Affordable health care is something that all of us need, but not all of us had access to or could afford. Without any government intervention, health care costs were spiraling out of control and the American people were at the mercy of the health care industry and health insurance companies. The ACA is a start, but it needs to be further refined, and if more control by the Fed is what is required, then so be it. Who cares if some people slap a Socialism label on it. If it works, then it's a darned sight better than what we had before.

    June 30, 2012 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  18. Cyric

    I'm totally cool with it

    June 30, 2012 04:34 am at 4:34 am |
  19. diversityguru

    The law does not go far enough and my fear is that the Supreme Court justice played politics with his decision and rationale. Modern countries use tax dollars to maintain a healthy, capable society of people who can contribute to a much needed strong and robust growth period. This is a time to invest in people. We give corporations welfare under the guise of the poorly conceived trickle down theory, but we find it difficult to give the people who are the back bone of the economy security.

    June 30, 2012 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  20. FedUp

    Guess Obama can't say he didn't increase taxes. He even created a new one, since the justces ruled this a tax. So now, instead of just paying healthcare insurance, we now get to pay for healthcare insurance and the healthcare tax. Think I kow who to vote for now.

    June 30, 2012 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  21. Gurgyl

    The guys have no vision-yes, this dictum is SC saves millions of people. Yes, on Obama12.

    June 30, 2012 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  22. unhappy man

    oh man as if americans don't get taxed enough already...thats it obama enough is enough i'm voting mitt in

    June 30, 2012 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  23. Jerry

    Americans divided on health care ruling...
    ________________________________________________

    And rightfully so! The Dictator-In-Chief (Mr. Obama) and his cronies got what they wanted and the middle class and other groups got "dictatorially" screwed. There is "Hope & Change" for you. Now, "Bend Forward"!

    There go his allegations that HE is pro middle class. The lying game continues. Oh well...

    June 30, 2012 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  24. J R Brown

    The government argued it was within its power under the commerce clause, not that it was a tax...it should have been thrown out.

    June 30, 2012 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  25. Abby

    So generally, people who erroneously believe they will receive FREE healthcare approve of the ruling. People who realize the poor will be PUNISHED for being unable to afford mandated health insurance are horrified of the ruling.

    Healthcare reform is absolutely necessary. But this plan is not only far from perfect, it's detrimental to those it was designed to protect.

    June 30, 2012 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
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