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