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CBSNYTPoll 032612 Health Care

CBSNYTPoll 032612 Health Care

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CBS News/New York Times poll on President Obama's health care law
CBS News/New York Times poll on President Obama's health care law

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CBS News/New York Times PollFor release: March 26, 20126:30 PM (ET)
 
Views on 2010 Health Care Law
March 21-25, 2012
Two years after being passed, more Americans disapprove (47%) than approve (36%) ofthe 2010 health care law. Just one in 4 would like to see the Supreme Court uphold allaspects of the law.
51% disapprove of the individual mandate that nearly all Americans have healthinsurance coverage, including two in three Republicans. 45% approve.
However, Americans are strongly in favor of some specific parts of the law: they approveof requiring companies to cover pre-existing conditions (85%), allowing parents to covertheir children until age 26 (68%), and closing the Medicare donut hole (77%).
54% think the health care law represents too much government involvement in healthcare. Three in four think it at least somewhat likely that jobs will be lost as a result.
Two years after the law’s passage, nearly half are still confused about how it will affectthem.As the U.S. Supreme Court begins to hear arguments about the 2010 health care law, 38% saythe entire law should be abolished, while another 29% would like the high court to strike downonly the requirement that nearly all Americans obtain health insurance if they do not have it, anda quarter would like the whole law to stay in place.
Supreme Court Should:
Keep the entire law 26%Overturn mandate, but keep rest of law 29Overturn entire law 38When asked directly about one of the most controversial provisions of the health care law – themandate that nearly all Americans obtain coverage by 2014 – 51% disapprove of it, while 45%approve. Most Republicans and independents oppose the mandate, while Democrats supportit.
Requirement that Americans Have Health Insurance
Total Reps Dems IndsApprove 45% 28% 65% 40%Disapprove 51 68 32 55Two years after it was enacted, Americans continue to be skeptical about the health care law.47% disapprove of it, including 30% who strongly disapprove. 36% of Americans approve of thelaw either somewhat or strongly. Since the health care law was passed in March 2010, more
 
 have disapproved than approved of it. The highest level of support was reached in May 2010when 43% of Americans approved of the law; the lowest level occurred just after it was passedin March 2010, when only 32% supported it.
Views of the Health Care Law
Now 12/2011 6/2011 10/2010 5/2010 3/2010Approve 36% 35% 37% 39% 43% 32%Disapprove 47 51 48 43 47 53DK/NA 17 14 15 18 10 15Views on the law and what Americans would like to see the Supreme Court do about it breakdown along party lines. Most Republicans disapprove of the law and would like to see all of itoverturned. Democrats support the law, and 39% want the Supreme Court to keep it in place,but almost as many want to see the health insurance mandate outlawed. Nearly half ofindependents disapprove of the health care law, and 36% would like the whole law overturned.
Views of the Health Care Law – by Party ID
 Reps Dems IndsHealth Care LawApprove 12% 56% 36%Disapprove 76 24 47DK/NA 12 20 17Would like to see Supreme Court…Keep the entire law 9% 39% 26%Overturn mandate, but keep rest of law 19 35 30Overturn entire law 65 18 36
Advantages
At the same time, large percentages support specific elements of the health care law. Evenmajorities of Republicans favor these provisions.
Views on Elements of Law
Approve DisapproveRequiring insurance companies to coverthose with pre-existing condition 85% 12Reduces Medicare donut hole forprescription drugs 77% 16Allows children under 26 to stay onparents’ plan 68% 28And most of those who disapprove of the health care law overall approve of these specificchanges too, although in smaller numbers.
 
 
Views on Elements of Law
(among those who disapprove of health care law)Approve DisapproveRequiring insurance companies to coverthose with pre-existing condition 76% 20Reduces Medicare donut hole forprescription drugs 65% 28Allows children under 26 to stay onparents’ plan 56% 40About one in five Americans say themselves or someone in their immediate family hasbenefitted from each of three provisions of the health care law that have already been enacted.
Have Already Benefitted from Health Care Law Provision that…
Allows children under 26 to stay onparents’ plan 20%Special insurance coverage to peoplewith pre-existing condition 16%Reduces Medicare donut hole forprescription drugs 15%Among those with children age 18 to 26 who have health insurance, 31% say they have alreadybenefitted from the provision that allows them to add their children to their own coverage. 70%of parents of children 18 to 26 approve of this change.67% of seniors approve of the provision that offers assistance with the prescription drug donuthole, and 15% have already benefitted.But even among those who have benefitted from at least one of these three provisions (36%),there are mixed views of the health care law overall. 48% approve of it -- including just 21%who strongly approve -- and 35% disapprove. 17% don’t have an opinion.
Concerns
But there are concerns too. 54% of Americans think the bill’s reforms will lead to too muchgovernment involvement in the health care system. 83% of Republicans think this is the case,as do 52% of independents. Views on this have changed little since March 2010.
Law Lead to Government Involvement in Health Care
Now Reps Dems IndsToo much 54% 83% 34% 52%Not enough 12 4 18 13Right amount 27 9 42 26Those who disapprove of the health care law are more apt to think it signals too muchgovernment involvement in health care (83%).

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