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Polls Show Just How Many Don't Know About Health Care Ruling

By GOPUSA Staff

The Supreme Court's decision regarding Obamacare shook the political world. Yes, the individual mandate was ruled constitutional, because it's a tax. But wait... all this time, the Obama administration was saying it's not a tax. That's the story, but what's disappointing is new polling that shows just how little people know (or even care) about the Obamacare ruling.

Two polls from well-respected research institutes show many Americans don't know much about the health care fight in Washington, don't care about it - or thought the Supreme Court ruled in another direction.

The polls were done independently by the Pew Research Center and the Kaiser Family Foundation, but they have similar results that show a big chunk of the electorate disengaged from the health care reform issue.

Both polls were done after the Supreme Court upheld most of President Barack Obama's health reform plan on Thursday.

The Pew study showed that despite widespread publicity about the case, just 55 percent of the public knew the Supreme Court upheld most of the health care law. The other 45 percent said they thought the court rejected most of the law (15 percent) or they didn't know what the court did (30 percent).

Only 37 percent of people under 30 years of age knew what the health care decision was, even though the story was four days old when the survey ended.

Read the full story at Constitution Daily

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  1. Blu OwenComment by Blu Owen
    July 7, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    I would like to see a poll that actually asks people what part of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” they understand.

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    • liberty49Comment by liberty49
      July 7, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

      These polls are so bogus to begin with because they can so slant the question to get just the answer they want. I guess those same people write the bills in Congress! We should demand all bills be written in language that is simple to understand and no longer than 5 pages long!

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  2. mudguyComment by mudguy
    July 7, 2012 @ 10:19 am

    Another poll should be taken. How many people really understand what Obummer and the democrats are doing to our country?

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  3. joelinpdxComment by joelinpdx
    July 7, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    First, Pew leans moderately to the left and KFF is rabidly left-wing. So, those things should be taken into consideration when reading any poll about anything they ask about.

    Second, what people really need to know is that SCOTUS okayed Obozocare as a tax, despite the fact that Obozo had claimed all along that it wasn’t a tax. Obozo even excoriated Republicans for calling it a tax. Now SCOTUS has ruled it only passes muster as a tax. So, Obozo wants us to believe it is a tax only for Supreme Court purposes…otherwise it isn’t. Huh?

    Third, the court found Obozocare unconstitutional on two important points:

    1) It is unconstitutional as part of the Commerce Clause. This is where Obozo was hanging his hopes and why CNN said for 20 minutes that the court had found Obozocare unconstitutional. Only at the end of the ruling did the majority justices say Obozocare was only constitutional as a tax. Confusing? Yes. But do realize that Obozo lost this point.

    2) States will not have to offer Medicaid to people earning at the poverty level plus one-third…about 25 percent of the population. Obozocare decreed that states provide the level of Medicaid it demanded or risk losing all Medicaid funding. The court ruled that position too onerous and said the feds could not hold a sword over the heads of the states to get them to do its bidding.

    So, while the court ruled that Obozocare is a tax and made Obozo a liar (again) on one of his main campaign pledges…no tax increase for people making under $250K…it did strike down two of the main provisions of Obozocare.

    All in all Republicans should be darn happy.

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    • Blu OwenComment by Blu Owen
      July 7, 2012 @ 10:57 am

      Most Republicans are unhappy with this law because they now have a law that will allow for making regulations by unelected people to say what type of healthcare they are eligible for and then be taxed for it. Constitutionally, there is no provision for healthcare as a right.

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    • joelinpdxComment by joelinpdx
      July 7, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

      Of course there’s no provision for healthcare as a right but that isn’t the point. This decision goes a long way toward killing any chance Obozo had of being re-elected.

      For the next four months Obozo will be dogged by questions about why he taxes people making less than $200,000. This pledge was central to his campaign and he didn’t keep it. Unlike closing Gitmo, Obozo’s no tax pledge will be felt very personally by every voter. Without the court decision we wouldn’t have this issue with which to bang Obozo over the head.

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    • Blu OwenComment by Blu Owen
      July 7, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

      Joelinpdx, this may be true for the people that actually understand the Act and stay informed. What I worry about, that this article pointed out, is the high percentage of people that do not understand Obamacare which is highly evidenced by Mary83′s comment. This is where the Obama spin machine is focused.

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  4. Mort_fComment by Mort_f
    July 7, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    First poll question should be ‘Have you read the SCOTUS ruling? Second question should be ‘Can you read?’. The SCOTUS ruling, including the minority dissents, is NOT 2000 plus pages. Of course, you will not find the transcript in the MSM, but accessing it on the Internet is child’s play.

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  5. mary83Comment by mary83
    July 7, 2012 @ 11:34 am

    They made it a tax when it really isn,t
    one to pass it. you can get your insurance from who ever you want. your children can stay on your insurance till 26, insurance companies have to accept you with past problems and not charge more.These things are in effect now. The health care is fashioned after Romnies care from the state he was Gov. of. Except he called it a mandate which was the same but states can call it a mandate and federal gov. can’t nor can they call it a penalty, it has to be called a tax. You don’t have to pay any tax for it.If you can’t afford to buy insurance then you can get it from the Gov. for as low as 3.00 a month. If can’t afford the 3.00 then there is medicaid
    But every one is covered. This should bring insurance payments down, medical bills , hospital and physicians offices should go down as they won’t have to eat the bills not paid.win win situation. as time go in more state are saying they love it. things will kick in. The people in Romnies home state say they love it.

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    • Blu OwenComment by Blu Owen
      July 7, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

      YOU CAN GET HEALTHCARE FROM THE GOVERNMENT FOR AS LOW AS $3.00 A MONTH?
      Mary83, for you to make such a claim is ludicrous. Show us all where in the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” it states that.
      Paying the tax (penalty) does not give you healthcare insurance.

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    • joelinpdxComment by joelinpdx
      July 7, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

      First, you are totally delusional. Second, can you ever read because you sure as Hell can’t write?

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    • genesalComment by genesal
      July 7, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

      Most states will ‘opt’ out of the Medicaid expansion and the same people who weren’t covered before won’t be covered after. Nowhere in the U.S. could you get insurance (of any kind) for 3 dollars a month. Heck, you can’t get birth control for 3 dollars a month. But thanks for the articulation.

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  6. suzy2Comment by suzy2
    July 7, 2012 @ 11:34 am

    American’s really are stupid to what is happening. I was in Walmart and spoke to several people, mostly white, some black. I was amazed at how little people care about what is going on. They only know what they have heard briefly on the news. They have no clue as to why the prices of everything have gone up. They have no clue about the wars going on. When I asked who did they want to vote for, most said they didn’t like either candidate. I explained how the only way out of the mess Obama has gotten us into is they need to vote republican to get Obama out of office, simply to keep our freedom and hopefully keep Sheria Law out of America and get out freedom back on track. It didn’t take long to realize so many are really uneducated and I could see they did not understand polotics at all. They vote for whomever they fancy on TV. This is sad people. I speak to people daily where ever I go, and about 60% of those I comfront with the issue are completely stupid. These people should not be allowed to vote when they don’t have a clue what they are voting for. Seems to me there should be an intelligent test one would have to take before being allowed to vote. With so many stupid people, it’s know wonder Obama and other countries look at us as stupid and can manipulate the votes. THIS IS DISGUSTING TO ME THAT PEOPLE DON’T CARE MORE ABOUT THEIR COUNTRY. Many walk away and say, “Oh I have to much on my plate to worry about who is going to be President.” Ignorant Remark! Very disinterested people.

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    • joelinpdxComment by joelinpdx
      July 7, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

      Well of course people are stupid. How do you think Obozo got elected in the first place? Remember his platform “Hope and Change.” Not an issue in sight, just make the voters feel good.

      As for a voter intelligence test, they tried that and it was overturned. The courts ruled you can’t make such an onerous requirement on people just so they can vote. It doesn’t even matter if you can read. If you can’t read, states are obliged to hire someone to read the ballot to you.

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  7. genesalComment by genesal
    July 7, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

    Only 37 percent of people under 30 years of age knew what the health care decision was ……

    The rest were getting Ben and Jerry’s ice cream on the way to occupy something.

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  8. pop71Comment by pop71
    July 7, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

    This affirms that about 50% of the citizens of voting age are either dead or totally apathetic.

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  9. Mort_fComment by Mort_f
    July 7, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

    I am a fortunate 1 percenter. A retired Civil Servant who is the beneficiary of a highly subsidized health insurance plan, supplemented by both Medicare and Medicaid. None of that covers teeth, ears, or eyes though.And I did work under Social Secutity for enough quarters to allow me to pay for Medicare as well.

    But saying all that, with this years increased payments to my insurances, my monthly bill is well over $400. It would have been several hundred dollars more, but that I elected lower options. Rather wonder where that $3 a month plan exists, Mars perhaps?

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    • Redneck DemocratComment by Redneck Democrat
      July 8, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

      How can you be a retired civil servant and a 1%er Mort_F?

      The wealthiest 1% made around $350,000 in 2009, and if you’re drawing that from a government retirement (Oh, when its your govt job its Civil Servant, when its somebody else’s its Government waste) , you’re govt department is part of the problem. Let me know which agency you worked for, I need to talk to my Congressman..

      Just like a bunch of GOP lovers. They loved the government while it was giving them a check every week, but as soon as they retire they think its time to end the gravy train.

      Hey Mort, I’m already paying about $3 a month for YOUR Healthcare plan strait from my taxes.

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  10. noveldogComment by noveldog
    July 8, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

    They want to catch Mitt Romney off guard by asking him whether it should be called a tax or a penalty or what? Well if I was Romney I would simply say….it does not matter… because the bottom line is it is going to cost us billions….and guess who is going to have to pay for it? You,and you,and you, and a whole lot of you….that is who!

    Tax or penalty, your pocket book will not know the difference, thanks to Obama, and his cohorts….the Democrats.

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    • Redneck DemocratComment by Redneck Democrat
      July 8, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

      Maybe they’re not trying to throw him off guard, they’re just asking since he implimented the same mandate and tax, but called it a penalty if he agrees with the Court’s decision?

      If he answered with your proposed response

      it does not matter… because the bottom line is it is going to cost us billions….and guess who is going to have to pay for it? You,and you,and you, and a whole lot of you….that is who!

      the follow-up question would be. “Your plan did the same thing and is estimated to cost Mass citizens 2 Billion more than budgetted (http://www.cato.org/pubs/policy_report/v30n1/cpr30n1-1.html via cato), so who is going to have to pay for Romney Care?

      It was a fair question, and you’re response would have Romney admit his plan was a failure as well. Maybe they should hire you as their new political director.

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  11. Mort_fComment by Mort_f
    July 8, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

    I must be a 1%’er, for I learned to live comfortably within my means. Always gave an honest day’s work for a day’s pay, whether it was loading trucks on the Brooklyn docks or as a graduate engineer. Never felt that the world owed me a living. My savings, thrift, and investments. have put me into, if not the 1% category financially, but definitely a 1%’er on enjoying the world., but probably darn close to the 10% category financially. Definitely not a candidate for the ‘Occuppiers’, or any of their ilk.

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