Americans torn about health care decision

The Supreme Court made their decision Thursday to keep President Obama’s health reform law, but half of Americans don’t agree with it.

Though the public is mainly split down the middle regarding the 5-4 decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a slim majority wants part or all of the law repealed, according to a USA Today/ Gallup poll taken Thursday.

The percentage who favored the law was under 40 percent (at 37 percent), and 44 percent said they didn’t favor the law.

When asked what Congress should do now that the Court has ruled, 31 percent say the entire law should be repealed, and 21 percent say parts of it should be. On the other side, 25 percent say Congress should expand health care even further, and 13 percent say no further action should be taken.

Not surprisingly, the poll backs up popular political opinion. More than four in five Republicans disagree with the court's ruling, while nearly four in five Democrats agree with it. Independents are split — although half of them favor at least partial repeal, compared with 40 percent who want to keep the law intact or expand on it.

Most do agree, though, that politics played too great a role in the Court’s decision.

Polls throughout the past year have confirmed most Americans, even Democrats, did not think the individual mandate was constitutional.

The USA Today /Gallup Poll of 1,012 adults has a margin of error of +/-4 percentage points.


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