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Fifty-one percent of registered voters say that Congress should let the new health care reform law continue as is or change it so that it does more, according to a McClatchy/Marist Institute poll conducted Nov. 11-15. Thirty-three percent want to repeal it completely, 11 percent want it changed so that it is less sweeping and 5 percent are undecided.
Among those who support the legislation, 16 percent are in the "let it stand" camp while 35 percent believe it should be changed to do more.
The Republican congressional leadership included a vow to repeal health care in its pre-election "Pledge to America" and many GOP candidates ran on a promise to work towards scrapping what they dubbed "Obamacare."
While GOP leaders acknowledge that an effort to repeal the law is unlikely to be successful given President Obama's veto power, they have vowed to chip away at it by trying to cut money needed to implement various provisions.
Marist's Lee Miringoff told McClatchy, "The political give-and-take is very different than public opinion. On health care, there is a wide gap between public opinion and the political community."

The partisan divide on what to do about the law is not surprising. Fifty-eight percent of Republicans want to see it repealed and another 16 percent say it should be scaled back. Fifty-two percent of Democrats want to expand the law so it does more and 27 percent believe the current law should be allowed to stand.
Independents are divided -- 48 percent want to let the law stand or expand it, and an equal number want to change it so it does less or repeal it, with the remainder undecided.
When voters are asked about individual provisions of the law, rather than just on whether to keep it or scrap the whole thing, there is more support and agreement on specific parts. This is a finding consistent with other polls. Many analysts have accounted for this by saying that overall opposition to the health care reform law has been tied closely in voters' minds to their concerns about an overreaching federal government, even though the law contains measures that they like.
Such a provision is the part that prohibits insurers from denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions. Voters overall say that provision should remain in place by 59 percent to 36 percent, with 5 percent undecided. Sixty-seven percent of Democrats say it should remain in the law, as do 51 percent of Republicans and 59 percent of independents.
Voters back by 68 percent to 29 percent, with 3 percent undecided, the provision that allows children to stay on their parents' insurance until they are 26. The percentage of the Republicans who would like to see this provision repealed is 50 percent -- lower than the number of those who favor repealing the entire law -- while 49 percent of Republicans want to see this part of the law retained.
However, one major provision of the law is universally panned -- the requirement that all Americans be required to obtain health insurance or face tax penalties for not doing so.
Sixty-five percent of all registered voters say this requirement is unconstitutional compared to 29 percent who support the mandate, with 7 percent undecided. Republicans overwhelmingly reject this provision and even a plurality of Democrats say it is unconstitutional.

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expand to public option!!!!!!

December 13 2010 at 3:29 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply


December 01 2010 at 12:52 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply

To all the seniors who voted for Obama, stop whining about how he raised your medical premiums with higher deductions, copays, and lost your doctors. You got what you voted for. And if you believe this poll, you still haven't learned.

December 01 2010 at 12:03 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

jantiquelilgirl - Obamas healthcare plan don't take effect until 2014. So his plan have nothing to do with your bill. Your still under Bush medical plan. Poll reflect who every taking the poll. If you are on a replublican, democrat, Independent or Tea Party site or paper then you only going to have thier point of view. So you are never going to get an accurate answer.

December 01 2010 at 10:14 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I find it amazing that the so-called Republican can think that they and their children will not one day loose everything and become dependent on the same system they don't want in place to help those who need it. You are like the bums who wrote the constitution and made it ok to enslave my people. Don't forget that Rome too ruled the world and Greece, but look at them now. Your turn always comes and what you plant?

December 01 2010 at 5:18 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Sonja Dunbar

In reading the comments on this board, it just shows how complicated it all is and no one really understands it. There are so many crazy opinions on the subject, no wonder people have such strong feelings one way or the other. I do not believe in throwing out the bill, but making changes along the way. It's a beginning of what this country HAD to do or healthcare costs would bring this country down. Everyone agrees on that. It's a start, so lets not throw the baby out with the bath water!!

November 30 2010 at 11:24 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

I have been forced into the medicare system when I turned 65 my benefits are down my cost have risen I pay $300.00 for my medicare I am a heart patient and my medicine is costly so I am in the donut hole within 3 months of the new year so I have to buy my medicine at a cost of $600-$800 every 3 months my supplement is $150.00 and now my wife's insurance is $500.00 a month our insurance was a total of $850.00 My cost for health insurance is now $400.00 a month more. I do not believe any poll that says more americans want this system noone wants this system we are not that stupid.

November 30 2010 at 8:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think it is a good idea to have people take responsiblity for themselves, isnt that the mantra of the conservatives and republicans that people should have to pay there own way and provide for themselves. I for one do not want to pay for other people health insurance or the emergency room visits because the insurance companies and hospitals tack on the cost of the uninsured to the paying insured just like underinsured motor insurance. We pay extra to cover people who drive without insurance. I have coworkers who do not have insurance because they cant afford it and I would be more that willing to pay a little extra so that they can get affordable insurance.

November 30 2010 at 7:40 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to lmonta's comment

So if 30 million more people will be getting insurance that is 30 million people less you will be paying for and your rates will go down since there are 30 million more people paying into the system. Look at the bright side.

December 01 2010 at 12:28 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Ihave to agree with jdwlor on this. The law makes us carry auto and home insurance to cover for other people's losses if we screw up. But Heath insurance is the one kind that really could and probibly wii save you life in your time of greatest need. I live in NJ which has the highest insurance rates in the country (at least for auto). I bet if we did not have to pay those bill more of us could actually afford heath insurance, but by law we have to have them. One thing I hope that will come of all this is that maybe if more people had issurance hospitals would not charge so much for their services. they charge more they need toespecialy if people have insurance becuse they know that people with out it wont bay their bills and they are tring to recoup their losses on the backs of people with insurance. Mabey the ricing cost of heath care will finally leval out if everyone was paying into the system and less people were sponging off chearity care.

November 30 2010 at 4:54 PM Report abuse -8 rate up rate down Reply
dc walker

NO ONE read the 2,000 page health care trillion dollar bill or 30,000 pages of rules and amendments. We have only heard bits and pieces. 26 yr olds get to stay on their parents insurance. You can't be denied for pre existing conditions, etc. but what of all the stuff you haven't read like counseling for all divorcing couples, all drug addicts, 50 czars for each state and more for our territories ruling over medical personnel; how many hospitals, how much staff, etc. What happens when they take those 16,500 IRS agents to look into your bank accounts to see why you didn't pay your bill, then get a bill if you made too much, etc. You have to know what the bill says completely before you are for or against it. Remember it was written by staff and never placed on the web before signature.

November 30 2010 at 4:05 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply

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