According to a new New York Times/CBS poll, a strong plurality of respondents want Obamacare overturned entirely. Some 27% want just the health insurance mandate over turned, and 24% don’t want it touched at all.
There was greater Republican opposition to the law than Democratic support. About two-thirds of Republicans in the recent survey said the entire law should be overturned, while 43 percent of Democrats said all of the law should be upheld.
More than 70 percent of independent voters said they wanted to see some or all of the law struck down, with a majority saying they hoped to see the whole law overturned. Twenty-two percent of independents said they hoped the entire law would survive.
Responses varied by education, too. Nearly a third of respondents with a college education said they would like to see the law upheld, compared with about 20 percent of those without a college degree.
Of course, public opinion matters very little at this point. Or should matter very little. The Justices are to rule based on the law, not how people think things ought to be.
SCOTUS is expected to release their ruling some time later this month.
What this poll does show is that there’s little appetite for tinkering with the law. The “Obama just needs some tweaking and changes” line we’re hearing from some Democrats, notably liberal candidates like Heidi Heitkamp here in North Dakota facing a long-shot election in a state that despises the law, isn’t going to cut it.
Obamacare needs to be overturned and replaced with reforms that move away, rather than toward, third-party health care payers. Health care would be cheaper and more accessible if health care were a personal responsibility.