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ObamaCare remains deeply unpopular as Supreme Court nears decision

by | Jun 13, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

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Pro-abortion President Barack Obama

As you would expect with something as momentous as a Supreme Court decision on ObamaCare coming down this month, there is considerable jockeying back and forth. Who will benefit and from what kind of decision (keeping all of ObamaCare, most of it, or all but the individual mandate) is anyone’s guess. The justices heard a nearly unprecedented six hours of oral arguments in March and it did not appear as if defenders of the massive program fare well.

A couple of points worth bearing in mind about President Obama’s “signature” domestic achievement as judgment day approachs.

First, ObamaCare remains deeply unpopular, as it has been from the very beginning. On Monday Rasmussen Reports found that “Most voters continue to support repeal of the national health care law and feel it will increase the federal budget deficit.” A total of 53% of likely voters at least somewhat favor repeal compared to only 39% who are somewhat opposed to repeal.

It gets worse. Recently over two-thirds of the American public said it hopes the Supreme Court will strike down all or part of ObamaCare –while just 24% hopes the high court will uphold ObamaCare–according to a New York Times/CBS News poll.

*“Forty-one percent of those surveyed said the court should strike down the entire law, and another 27 percent said the justices should overturn only the individual mandate, which requires most Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty,” write the Times’ Adam Liptak and Allison Kopicki.

* About two-thirds of Republicans wanted the entire law struck while 43% of Democrats and 22% of Independents said the entire law should be upheld.

* However,  “More than 70 percent of Independents  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,” Liptak and Kopicki report.

Second, so, what is the Obama Administration’s plan in the eventuality that the Court strikes down all or part of ObamaCare. If you read the long, long, long piece in The New Yorker written by Ryan Lizza, the answer is, in one word, demagoguery.

Go on the offensive is the strategy, cite previous decisions (one of which goes back over a decade) and insist (a former White House aide tells Lizza) “We have an out-of-control activist court, and Romney will make it worse. That’s Plan A. Plan B is nothing.”

The other guy “will make it worse”? Somehow I don’t think that’s going to float.

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