A new CNN/Opinion Research poll finds that a 54 percent of Americans oppose the Obamacare mandate to purchase health insurance, while 44 percent support it.
Backers and opponents agree that without the mandate, much of the law cannot stand, since full participation is needed to help insurers absorb the cost of having to cover all comers with various protections and at reasonable rates.
The mandate is the key provision being challenged in the courts by opponents who say, in essence, the government can’t force you to buy something.
While a majority in the survey opposed the health care law, the opposition drops to just under 40 percent when you remove those who think it doesn’t go far enough.
The poll indicates that 56 percent oppose the new health care law, with 39 percent in support of the measure. But about one in four opponents of the bill dislike it because it did not go far enough. Fewer than four in ten Americans oppose the new law because it is too liberal.
The poll was conducted June 3 to June 7