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Posted at 2:46 PM ET, 12/13/2010

Public support for components of health care law

By Jon Cohen

The key provision of the health-care reform law struck down today by a federal judge in Virginia is also the one that's the least popular with the public.

The requirement that individuals get health insurance, or face penalties, has long been among the most divisive parts of the legislation, even as it serves as the lynchpin of the entire overhaul. In a post-election poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly seven in 10 said they thought the individual mandate should be repealed. Contrast that to five other pieces of the law that most Americans said should be left alone.

Below is the full breakdown from the Kaiser poll, with splits for those who cast Democratic and Republican ballots in last month's congressional election.

Element                All adults   Voted Dem. Voted GOP 
                      Keep  Repeal  Keep Rep. Keep  Rep.
Tax credits to 
   small businesses     78%   18%    92%  6%   59%  36%
Gradually close Medicare 
   "doughnut hole"      72    22     87   8    50   41
Subsidy assistance to 
   Individuals          71    24     85  12    39   54
Guaranteed issue        71    26     82  16    61   35
Increase Medicare payroll 
   tax on wealthy       54    39     75  20    27   69
Individual mandate      27    68     44  49     9   88

By Jon Cohen  | December 13, 2010; 2:46 PM ET
Categories:  Health care  
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Comments

Of course we all know that the "good" parts will not work without the "bad" parts of the Health Care Overhaul. So, it's really a mute point. No mandate, no Obamacare. This gets HC back to the drawing board.

Posted by: pvanbell | December 13, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Cool. So when do I get to opt out of the mandated Social Security and Medicare?

Or could someone explain to me why mandated health insurance for those under 65 in unconstitutional but mandated participation in the public option is OK once I hit that magic number, and the same for Social Security?

Posted by: FLTransplant | December 13, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

"So when do I get to opt out of the mandated Social Security and Medicare?"

Just as soon as the Federal Government makes you buy it from a private company.

Posted by: Skeptic1 | December 13, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I bet the people who do not want health care to be mandated are also looking forward to getting their family members with pre-existing conditions covered or they certainly don't want their premiums to increase. But this is a consequence of not requiring everyone to get health care.

Anne C
NY Health Insurer

Posted by: Anne_NYHI | December 13, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

If the mandate to buy insurance is struck down, then no one will buy insurance, and the hole thing falls apart.


The mandate is necessary so that costs are spread amongst the entire population and free loaders are brought into the fold of the Primary Care MD, not the ER's.

Posted by: delantero | December 13, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

FL Transplant, Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries are getting a really good deal. Don't believe me? Get some quotes for life annuities and individual health insurance, and, while you're at it, ask your local clinic or hospital for a comparison of what it bills Medicare and Medicare beneficiaries vs. what it bills private insurers and their customers, for the same procedures.

Posted by: CMNC | December 13, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't the Post comment on its own poll that shows Obamacare popularity at its lowest ever?

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2010/12/14/amazing-wapo-fails-publish-own-poll-obamacares-lowest-popularity-ever

Posted by: tommyk63 | December 14, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't seem like the greatest idea to require citizens to buy health insurance. We all need it and should have it. When is the U.S. going to really become the greatest nation on Earth and treat its citizens like it is? On health care the U.S. is so far behind the Europeans it's disgusting. If what the Swedes do to give their citizens health care coverage is socialism then we should have it too. It's definitely better than the barbarianism of kicking the sick out of hospitals because they can't afford health insurance and then turning around to give billions to big insurance companies that cry when they want a bailout.

The single payer system needs to be in place. Our taxes should pay for all U.S. health care. If that's socialism then so is medicare and social security. In fact, so is providing Congressmen with health care paid for with our taxes.

Posted by: USDA | December 17, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats spent nearly a year appealling to a bunch of nutjobs in the Republican party who were resolute in turning the health care bill down - even after it became Mitt Romney's plan. They should have tried the kind of strong-arming that the Republicans are now employing to pass legislation like "affording" another 700 billion in lost tax revenue to a bunch of billionaires. They should also have aired every piece of dirty laundry they could get on Roger Ailes, president of Fox "News" - if not them then let Wikileaks expose the fat pig.

Posted by: jakrdy | December 18, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats spent nearly a year appealling to a bunch of nutjobs in the Republican party who were resolute in turning the health care bill down - even after it became Mitt Romney's plan. They should have tried the kind of strong-arming that the Republicans are now employing to pass legislation like "affording" another 700 billion in lost tax revenue to a bunch of billionaires. They should also have aired every piece of dirty laundry they could get on Roger Ailes, president of Fox "News" - if not them then let Wikileaks expose the fat pig. The deliberate misinformation that puked out of that fake "news" station is a disgrace.

Posted by: jakrdy | December 18, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Run the Republicans out of office in 2012 and demand the original health care proposal. Bring back the public option.

If you care at all about the middle class and about our country having a sense of decency and integrity, then send a clear message to the bigots and venal hacks in office who are referring to the mid-terms as "repudiation" and run them out on a rail in 2012.

It's up to you.

Get rid of these John Birch Society lunatics, it is the only noble thing to do for your country, you should have done it during the mid-terms. It didn't happen, you must make this happen in 2012.

And take down Roger Ailes and Fox "News" NOW.

Posted by: jakrdy | December 18, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

There are so many things that could be done with the New healthcare system yes it isn't perfect do to the fight with Insurance companies as well s the drug companies making it sound like this bill is a bad deal, and yet this is just in its infancy. There will be changes to the bill in coming years. Hopefully it wil look more like Canada's healtcare system te number one healthcare in the world, andyet the insurance and drug companies want your busines that is why the bill today leans more for them.

Posted by: jake4u25 | December 19, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

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