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Is it possible that the Obama administration could strike the individual mandate from the Affordable Care Act even it the Supreme Court finds the provision constitutional? If they’ve been tracking the mood of the nation lately, then it could very well happen.
According to a new Gallup poll, Americans are fairly split on if they would want a GOP president to repeal the entire health care reform law – 47% say yea, while 44% say nay. But on the specific issue of the individual mandate, 72% of Americans polled believe it to be unconstitutional.
Certainly, opinions differ greatly along party lines, with over 9 out of 10 Republicans opposing the requirement that most Americans buy health insurance or pay a penlty. But even a majorty of Democrats (56%) diagree with the mandate as well.
A separate USA Today/Gallup poll also reveals opposition to the ACA in total, by voters in critical swing states. Over half of respondents consider the health care reforms “a bad thing", while 38% see it as a “good thing". The partisian divide is strong here as well – 87% of Republicans favor repeal of the health care overhaul, while 77% of Democrats oppose it.