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Rasmussen: Supreme Court Keeps Health Care Law on Life Support

By Scott Rasmussen

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision that President Obama's health care law is constitutional keeps it alive for now. But it's important to remember that the law has already lost in the court of public opinion. The Supreme Court ruling is a temporary reprieve more than anything else.

In March, I wrote that the health care law was doomed even if it survived the court. Looking at the data today, it's hard to draw any other conclusion.

Fifty-four percent of voters nationwide still want to see the law repealed. That's going to be a heavy burden for the Obama campaign to bear.

It's hard to believe that public opinion will change between now and Election Day because opinion on the law hasn't budged in two years. In fact, support for repeal now is exactly the same as it was when the law first passed.

Consistently, for the past two years, most voters have expressed the view that the law will hurt the quality of care, increase the cost of care and increase the federal deficit.

As a result, the fact that the law remains in place may end up hurting the president's chances for re-election more than helping them. It gives Mitt Romney another easy target and one that can be tied directly into concerns about the economy.

If Romney wins, there is virtually no chance the existing health care law will survive.

If the president is re-elected, the law has a better chance of surviving, but it would still face an uphill struggle. Legislative battles to protect the law would most likely dominate his second term.

To understand why, keep in mind that most Americans initially supported the concept of health care reform because they wanted the cost of care to be reduced. But only 18 percent believe the current law will accomplish that goal. A massive 81 percent also believe it will end up costing the government more than projected.

The president believes that government regulation can control the cost of care, but most voters disagree. Voters think that consumer choice and competition between insurance companies will do more to reduce costs than additional regulations.

Individual Americans recognize that they have more power as consumers than they do as voters. Their choices in a free market give them more control over the economic world than choosing one politician or another.

Seventy-six percent think they should have the right to choose between expensive insurance plans with low deductibles and low-cost plans with higher deductibles. A similar majority believes everyone should be allowed to choose between expensive plans that cover just about every imaginable medical procedure and lower-cost plans that cover a smaller number of procedures. All such choices would be banned under the current health care law.

Americans want to be empowered as health care consumers. They don't want the government telling them what to do.

The president and his colleagues in Congress thought the battle for their health care plan ended in March 2010. Romney and many Republicans thought it might end in the Supreme Court before Election 2012 really took off.

Now, we recognize that the battle for the president's health care plan is just beginning.

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  1. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    June 29, 2012 @ 7:49 am

    Someone needs to check the balance in Chief Justice Roberts Swiss bank account. I guarantee you it went up faster than Romney’s 4 million in campaign contributions since this idiotic Anti-American turn-coat ruling came down. The class division continues, the trench warfare that consumes our resources goes on,,,,,the socialist plan of the destruction of America in internecine warfare and turncoat subterfuge goes forward. Thank you Justice Roberts for obviating the will of the majority, turning your back on the Constitution…..had you been in place in 2000 we would have been stuck with Al Gore and we would all be true useful socialist idiots by now. The stake that should have been driven through the heart of this economic blood sucking Obamacare Vampire has been pounded by Roberts through the foreheads and brains of the thinking American people and enabled more socialist ranks of dependent zombies to roam the land and devour us, our honest wealth and our freedoms. His wealth redistribution decision has now put real meaning of the word Rob into the name Roberts, and revealed his true socialist stripes.

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    • CarmineComment by Carmine
      June 29, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

      It’s not his bank acount. I’m wondering if someone didn’t threaten his family. There’s some speculation that Hillary backed off on the election because someone in the Obama organization put a threat on Chelsey. How true I don’t know, but the idea did come up.

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    • RobertRComment by RobertR
      June 29, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

      Obviously the shining light of ignorance has spoken. Unfortunately he’s wrong as usual. Roberts gave the people a reason to come vote in November. The people now know that if they don’t want Obamacare it’s up to them to throw the jerks out. With reconciliation we don’t even need a super majority in the Senate to throw it out. Roberts knew exactly what he was doing and just put the screws to the obama kingdom. Had the Supreme Court done the people’s job of cleaning this mess up obama’s chances of being re-elected would have been very good.

      The Super Pacs can start running advertisements describing in detail the taxes the people will be paying for this free health care… I mean ‘affordable’ health care. The independents who haven’t been able to make up their mind will see what this is going to cost them along with insurance company reports telling them how much their rates are going to go up. It’s not affordable and it’ll be a joke. And we have the Pacs and the money to get that information out before the election.

      But don’t feel lonely lots of intelligent know-it-alls have been blasting the Chief Justice since yesterday. Reality is 99.9999999% of you couldn’t carry his water.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      June 30, 2012 @ 9:33 am

      Inluminatuo, I agree you with that there’s something very fishy about the way Roberts ruled the way he did. His reasoning was so illogical and convoluted that I suspect someone got to him one way or another. When the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court makes a decision so muddle-headed that any thinking person can see through it we’re in big trouble. However, the upside of this is the decision is firing up the Republican base so mightily that it will keep the debate on Obamacare going and the issue in the public’s minds right up until November. Given the unpopularity of the bill with the majority of voters, this was probably the best thing that could have happened.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      June 30, 2012 @ 9:56 am

      RobertR, Once the shock, dissappontment and anger wore off of this Supreme debacle decision, I am thinking there is more than a kernal of truth in what you say. I’ll have more on this later. If what you say is true then Roberts is gambling on a Republican trifecta win in the Presidency, house, and 51 votes in the Senate. It IS a gamble and one loss in three sticks us with this Turkey forever. You may be giving him more credit than deserved and after siding with the Liberals on the last two votes there is plent of spilled Conservative water for him to account for.

      Wrong on occasion perhaps, wrong as usual never. The temper of the alpha male sometimes ovedrides the cognizance of the thinking mind. It is up to the American people to get out of the stands, back on the playing field and quit expecting others to carry their water. It is sweat not water that will carry this election. Look to my monday posting as I’ll need a weekend to digest and cool off on this heated topic.

      “In lumine tuo videbemus lumen”

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    • AMVoterComment by AMVoter
      June 30, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

      Frankly, as far as I’m concerned Roberts wadded up the Constitution and tossed it in the fire, for whatever reason. He rewrote the law to call it a tax and handed it to Obama on a silver platter. History will not be kind to such a man.

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    • Blu OwenComment by Blu Owen
      June 30, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

      Inluminatuo, Justice Roberts may have actually backdoored “the peoples” ability to find this Act unconstitutional. Since by the majority opinion stated that the mandate was a tax this clearly makes the Act a revenue bill. If that is the true finding of SCOTUS then it would follow that this revenue bill would have to follow the directives in the Constitution and legal definitions and precedent.
      This is how I see it playing out.
      Art. I, §7, cl. 1 of the Constitution states “All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.”
      One must first understand the accepted legal definition of amendment which is “The modification of materials by the addition of supplemental information; the deletion of unnecessary, undesirable, or outdated information; or the correction of errors existing in the text.”
      When H.R. 3590 was originally presented to the Senate it was a revenue bill regarding housing tax breaks for service members.
      Common sense should tell most people that would mean that by the Constitution the Senate could propose modifications to include ONLY the addition of supplemental information; the deletion of unnecessary, undesirable, or outdated information; or the correction of errors existing in the text. It would follow that common sense should also tell most people that one could not consider an amendment to include the striking of all text after the enactment clause which is the House of Representatives authority under Art. I, §7, cl. 1 of the Constitution.
      This IS what the Senate did with this legislation.
      http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-111hr3590as/pdf/BILLS-111hr3590as.pdf

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  2. genesalComment by genesal
    June 29, 2012 @ 8:48 am

    This may be redundant but I say again
    “EVERY TRICK IN THE BOOK” (and some new ones to boot)

    Never underestimate Satan’s power!

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  3. gilplynComment by gilplyn
    June 29, 2012 @ 11:28 am

    If the Court of Public Opinion is so critical, then why did the bill get passed in the first place? My understanding is that Congress’ phones and fax machines were on overdrive taking calls from people saying they didn’t want that bill, yet they still passed it. I have long given up thinking anyone in our government cares what the American people want. They were determined we would have this and have it we will!

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    • RobertRComment by RobertR
      June 29, 2012 @ 7:53 pm

      The demos were facing mid term elections and needed to get something done while they had the majority. They ran it through with most not having a clue what was in it. Pelosi’s famous statement of passing it so we can find out what’s in it proves that they’re beyond help. You vote to pass the biggest health care reform bill in the nations history without knowing what it will do? Only the democratic party could pull that one off.

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    • joelinpdxComment by joelinpdx
      June 30, 2012 @ 12:11 am

      As the 2010 elections already proved the Democlowns screwed the pooch. They thought they were giving Americans what they wanted…socialistic medicine. But as subsequent polling proves Americans want nothing to do with European style medicine. They’re quite happy with free market medicine.

      So, the Democlowns ignored public opinion in 2009 and gave us Obozocare and the voters told the Democlowns what they thought of them in 2010. Get ready for 2010 redux, coming to a polling place near you on November 6th.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      June 30, 2012 @ 9:43 am

      You just asked the $64,000 question, which is if the bill was so unpopular why did it get passed in the first place? It was partly due to luck and partly to a variety of underhanded shenanigans on the part of Obama and Pelosi to get the bill passed by any means necessary. You’d have to go back to 2010 to get all the answers to this because the Democrats jumped through an awful of hoops to get this done. It was truly a disgusting piece of history.

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  4. Mort_fComment by Mort_f
    June 29, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

    While this was sophistry on steroids, it did put a ‘chink’ into the ‘Commerce’ clause. and did put the lie to the ‘penalty’ argument. Placing it as a ‘tax’ puts it squarely into the House of Representatives for further action.

    I suspect that history will rate it with the Dred Scott decision as the worst hour for the Court.

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  5. thomasjeffersonComment by thomasjefferson
    June 29, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

    Roberts is on mind altering drugs. Wish I had some of what he is taking LOL

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    • possumComment by possum
      June 30, 2012 @ 7:36 am

      Let’s all pray he had something better in mind.

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  6. KathleenComment by Kathleen
    June 29, 2012 @ 8:23 pm

    Oh Mr. Rasmussen, from your lips to God’s ear. I so hope and pray you are right on this. What a travesty. It is a shock that Justice Roberts did this. Whether he was putting the Supreme Court first and trying to send a message about the difference between law and politics I don’t know, but I wish he chose some other bill on which to prove it.

    The only reason I would disagree with you is that I don’t think President Obama cares at ALL about what pubic opinion is. He KNOWS better, and we are going to get his policies, like them or hate them. There has been not one indication he is interested in the opinion of Americans. He has shown more interest in the opinions of citizens of other nations.

    November, when it all happens. Oh my. Please God, help us.

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  7. abkrComment by abkr
    June 29, 2012 @ 10:09 pm

    I would hope we can all now take a rational approach to the differences related to the Health Care law. The Republicans spent millions of dollars in a public campaign to discredit the Health care bill and more when it became law. The majority of those who seem to have fault with the law know no more about the law than the negative campaign material spread by the Republicans in their effort to kill the bill and the law.
    Had the Republicans taken time to work with Democrats to work out a good bill we would have ended this confrontation with a law all America could be proud of! Chances are less than one in 3500 people have read any part of the law but they are all ready to condemn or praise it; not from personal knowledge but rather by repeating what they have heard. .
    There’s no doubt the law has some flaws and we will find problems with it, but, the proper thing is to identify those areas and clear them up. Spending millions more in a continual fight will gain nothing more than more disgruntled and falsely informed opponents and further damage the will, spirit and of quality of America life. Our time, money and effort should be spent fixing our nation – not a continual waste of energy and resources at the cost of our nation.
    As a Republican, as an American tax payer and citizen – I feel it is tine the Republicans got on board and started doing their share in fixing America. It is time to put negativism behind, time to encourage growth, for national repair and recovery, a return to the quality of life we once enjoyed. We can not continue to fight for party dominance over national recovery.

    Dwayne

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    • joelinpdxComment by joelinpdx
      June 30, 2012 @ 12:14 am

      Wooo, how are things going there in Fantasyland.

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    • agbjrComment by agbjr
      June 30, 2012 @ 8:17 am

      Read Chief Justice Roberts’ opinion – READ IT THROUGHLY – and again if necessary. One thing he does NOT do is say ObamaCare is constitutional however he DOES say if congress applies the Commerce Clause to the mandate THAT action IS unconstitutional. He goes on to state that if it is applied as a tax then congress does have the right to levy taxes and whether that tax is good or bad is not the call of the Court. He writes it is up to the congress to make that decision and ultimately the people themselves. I believe Justice Roberts is literally throwing ObamaCare back to congress for repeal.

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  8. BillzillaComment by Billzilla
    June 29, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

    The Republicans attempted to make a number of suggestions to improve Obamacare, only to be rebuffed by Obama, when he told them the election was over and that he’d won. Go back and do a little research before discrediting one side or the other.

    Tort reform, tailoring health insurance policies to individual needs, and competition for consumer dollars between competing insurance companies, will do more to lower costs and provide the high levels of health care that we desire, than the monstrosity that was rammed down our throats ever will.

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  9. americanjoeComment by americanjoe
    June 30, 2012 @ 5:56 am

    My opinion is they have something on Roberts that would ruin him, typical Chicago style politics. Obama has the FBI, CIA and any other federal organization you can think of at his fingers. He can find out whatever he wants about anyone, and conceal whatever he wants. Just ask yourself how hard would it be to get an attractive woman to seduce a man and then threaten him with exposure to his wife. That’s just an example, people have many vises that make them vunerable. If I’m right or wrong we will know depending on how Roberts votes in the future.

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  10. bbarrett49Comment by bbarrett49
    June 30, 2012 @ 8:14 am

    Geez… what a day. I hate it when the Supreme Court raises… taxes?… I guess this really is a SCOTUS tax. Are they allowed to do that? I’m pretty sure they are not.

    So Levin was on fire this afternoon. I encourage everyone to read the dissenting opinion from Scalia. He makes some very good points. If this is a tax as Roberts has deemed then the law is invalid. Our Constitution clearly specifies that tax law is to originate in the House of Representatives. Obamacare originated in the Senate. So if Boehner has any cajones at all, he will simply re-assert the House’s power under Article 1, Section 7 and declare that with this re-classification as a tax the law is no longer constitutional as it did not follow proper procedural process as required in our Constitution. There is no need for a repeal at that point. What would they be repealing, an invalid law?

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    • geraldinealiceComment by geraldinealice
      June 30, 2012 @ 9:40 am

      What? Common sense? This is too simple and clear for the ruling class to even consider.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      June 30, 2012 @ 10:48 am

      bbarrett49, is this a bombshell of a revelation or what?
      http://www.examiner.com/article/obamacare-now-invalid-because-tax-bills-must-originate-house
      This is proof positive that Roberts blew it and the SCOTUS decision is therefore invalid on its face! Can a case ever go back for review when it’s clear that an error has been made?

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    • AMVoterComment by AMVoter
      June 30, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

      Boehner doesn’t have the cajones. He is a pathetic RINO and a disgrace as leader of the House.

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  11. geraldinealiceComment by geraldinealice
    June 30, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    Good information here and somewhat comforting after that “terrible” day in June 2012 when our world was rocked by
    Justice Roberts’vote. The polling numbers from Rasmussen are about the only ones I respect and believe. I have one issue in this article “A massive 81 percent also believe it will end up costing the government more than projected”.

    This ruling will cost the “AMERICAN TAXPAYER”. The government only has what it takes from us. Somehow we must make this 81% understand it is not the government’s money it is their money. We constantly hear from the liberals for example, lowering taxes “costs the government”. That is absurd. Let’s get to work!

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  12. pebearComment by pebear
    June 30, 2012 @ 10:21 am

    I know Obama care was thrown together in the most haphazard and desperate way imaginable. It creates a labyrinth of rules and laws that no one on God’s green earth really knows or understands. The law needs to be struck down. But there still is a great need out there for health care. No one with out a job can really afford to provide healthcare for themselves or their families. The way the system was we were already paying for every one who did not have insurance and showed up to a hospital through medicaid reimbursements through the uninsured healthcare charge that all hospitals had to charge. That was one crazy law in of itself. I had to pay my hospital bill and yours too.

    We have realistically 20 to 25% unemployment. And under employment beyond that soars even higher. So right off the bat you are looking at 40% of the population that can’t even sneak up on a health insurance policy. What Obamacare has done is put all these peoples on medicaid, because there were actually being covered under it anyways as practical indigents. Then he said if you make under X we will let you buy into Medicaid. That would be like 40K. Then there is where I’m at 75K and insurance is costing me almost the same amount as my mortgage and I have nothing but more doctors bills to show for it. It covers nothing deductibles ares high and there are no effective pools for people in my situation. I’m guessing at least 30% of the people in this country are in my situation. I live in CT where everything is expensive. I was laid off from IBM only to be called back at the same job at the same rate as a contractor with no benefits. My wife has not been able to get a job for the last 2 years. She is a Registered Nurse and you would think people would be falling all over themselves to hire one. No think again. They come up with the excuse saying you have not worked in 2 years and your skills need to be upgraded. Like nursing has changed all that much in a couple of years? It’s just an excuse not to hire.

    OK folks what is the Republican plan. Because if we don’t have a plan we are acquiescing to their plan. Their plan ***** because of the huge gap it leave and how it’s payed for. What is our plan as Republicans and oh yes we had better have one. There are 50 states in this United States here and Insurance regulation across them is a nightmare. The democrats want employers to take the brunt of the provisioning and guess what people are not getting hired into traditional jobs like they were before all this economic downturn. So someone tell me what our plan is?

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  13. librabobComment by librabob
    June 30, 2012 @ 11:33 am

    I am in the apparently minority opinion believing that Chief Justice Roberts did conservatives a huge favor with his ruling. In essence, he has shown the american people that the democrat congress and the president lied to them about this health care law not being a tax increase on them. It is and always was going to be funded through a tax increase on everyone. Obama, Reid and Pelosi deceived the american people and gave them the greatest tax increase in the history of our nation. If that does not get voters angry, nothing ever will. Justice Roberts also explained that its not up to the court to throw out unpopular legislation created by our elected officials. Its up to the people to vote out politicians who create and pass such legislation. Wink, wink… November is just around the corner. He also warned congress not to try to pass future legislation such as this under the commerce clause and calling it a penalty fee for funding purposes. If its a tax, call it a tax.

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