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Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 12/13/2010

Health care opponents divided on repeal

By Jon Cohen

A slim majority of all Americans - including almost all Republicans - oppose health care reform law, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. But the legislation's detractors are split on whether and how much of it should be rolled back.

Overall, 52 percent of those polled oppose the overhaul to the health care system, 43 percent are supportive of it. Fully 86 percent of Republicans are against the legislation; 67 percent of Democrats support it. Independents divide down the middle, with 47 percent in favor and the same number opposed.

Most of those who oppose the health care changes - 59 percent - want the law repealed, but 38 percent would prefer a "wait and see" approach. Moreover, those who favor repeal are split about evenly between a complete rollback (29 percent of all opponents) and a one that's limited to parts of the law (30 percent).

Democrats who oppose the law are generally supportive of waiting to see how the law operates, while most Republicans would prefer to see it repealed. Republicans, though, are divided about whether the pullback should be a total repeal, or only a partial one. Among Republicans opposed to the health care package, 39 percent want a complete repeal, 32 percent want to cancel parts of the law.

There's broader consensus among Republicans about the individual mandate, the subject of the new ruling by a federal judge in Virginia. Fully 88 percent of voters who sided with the GOP in last month's midterms said that key provision should be repealed, according to a post-election survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Among the general public, the Kaiser poll showed 68 percent supportive of a repeal of the individual mandate. Of four core components of the health care law tested in the poll, the individual mandate was the one with the highest negatives, by far. Seventy percent of all those polled said they held an unfavorable view of the requirement that everyone carry insurance, including 52 percent who had "strongly unfavorable" opinions.

By Jon Cohen  | December 13, 2010; 12:58 PM ET
Categories:  Health care, Post Polls  | Tags:  Washington Post poll, Washington Post-ABC News poll, health care poll  
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As long as those who choose not to purchase health insurance do not expect care, even in ERs, when sick or injured, if they cannot pay for said care, then people should be free to do what they want. But don't game the system by not buying insurance, but expecting care when you need it.

Posted by: arzt | December 13, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I fully agree that people who want to opt out should be able to BUT I am no longer willing to carry their load! I agree with the lst comment...NO FREE ER, NO subsidized HOSPITAL CARE, NO FREE CLINICS. Let's see just how INDEPENDENT the naysayewrs really want to be!

Posted by: cmmckee | December 13, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Does freedom mean the right to irresponsibly freeload on others? That is what opponents of the individual mandate are demanding. They want to be able to freeload even if their insurance would be subsidized if they couldn't afford the full cost.

If you don't have insurance you will be taken care of anyway. That is freeloading on others who take responsibility for seeing that their health care is paid for.

Perhaps it would be better to demand responsibility and simply refuse all care to anyone who doesn't make some kind of arrangement -- even subsidized -- to see that their health care is paid for. However, it is less morally objectionable to demand that people be responsible and purchase insurance than to turn them away from the emergency room without care and let them die.

Posted by: StanKlein | December 13, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I love the new "Hypersonic Weight Loss" and you will see the difference after just a week!

Posted by: joycebaptist | December 14, 2010 12:40 AM | Report abuse

What's really ridiculous about all of this is that the only rational prospective candidate the Republicans have to run for president is Mitt Romney, and this plan that we have (after a year of making one concession to the Republcans after another in an attempt to make this a bipartisan bill with a group of John Birch Society nutjobs who have taken over the Republican party) is his healthcare plan - not Obamas.

This is a tragicomedy.

Posted by: jakrdy | December 14, 2010 7:19 AM | Report abuse

As usual, Democrats have attempted to take care of an issue that was making our country go bankrupt while Republicans objected to it while claiming they were fiscally prudent. They refer to this plan as "Obamacare" in spite of the FACT that it is Mitt Romney's plan and nail it into the heads of the ignorant that it's "socialism" and that being conscious while talking is also bad.

Posted by: jakrdy | December 14, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

NewsBusters| Amazing: WaPo Fails to Publish Own Poll on ObamaCare's Lowest Popularity Ever

Posted by: StewartIII | December 14, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

This garbage bill thrust down the throats of Americans needs repel as quickly as possible. The money being spent for this government control of our lives now is only a drop in the bucket and will bankrupt this nation in short order.

Posted by: cyahn | December 18, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

This garbage bill thrust down the throats of Americans needs repel as quickly as possible. The money being spent for this government control of our lives now is only a drop in the bucket and will bankrupt this nation in short order.

Posted by: cyahn | December 18, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

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