As the Supreme Court prepares to open hearings on the constitutionality of the federal health care law next week, a new poll finds that Americans oppose the law 52% to 41%. And an even higher percentage—67%—want the court to either throw out the entire Affordable Care Act, or at least ditch the individual mandate, which requires almost all Americans to be covered by health insurance.
ABC News, which ran the poll along with the Washington Post, has never found majority support for the law. The most recent poll also finds that 70% of Americans say they've heard mostly negative buzz about the law recently; even among the law's supporters, 53% report hearing mainly negatives. While some portions of the law are popular—such as allowing parents to cover their children for longer—the individual mandate apparently counteracts all the positives. The poll found that 26% support the law in its entirety, but an additional 25% support it without the individual mandate.
There was a really great special by Fareed Zakaria this weekend on health care around the world. To make a long story short, the rapidly developing island quasi-nation of Taiwan was looking for a health care model decades ago and when they looked at the US, they concluded that it was one of the worst models in the world. What they opted for was essentially the Bill Clinton health care law (single payer) that was attempted and thwarted by Republicans in 1994.
Getting back to the individual mandate, I think it is because whites in the Republican base are too concerned about supposed lazy bastard blacks and racial minorities getting a free ride that they continue to oppose a better system, and thus everyone loses as the US spends some 1/4 of its GDP on health care, one of the most expensive systems in the world, and arguably one of the most inefficient.