Public opinion on health care
The public remains divided in opinions about the 2010 Affordable Care Act, which is now being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court. A survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press indicates 47% of Americans approve the law, while 45% disapprove. Just after the law was passed two years ago, it was 40% approve and 44% disapprove.
Pew polling indicates the individual mandate is a different story. On a question that the law “will require nearly all Americans to have health insurance by 2014 or else pay a fine” … 66% had an unfavorable opinion, while only 32% viewed it favorably.
That’s the key provision in the states’ arguments before the Supreme Court.
Without a larger insurance pool of younger, healthy people, can the plan work?
Most of the 2010 Affordable Care Act doesn’t take effect for another two years, but it seems that everyone has strong opinions about it. At this point, the opinions of just nine people matter most.
Our thought for today is from Mark Twain:
“I am not one of those who in expressing opinions confine themselves to facts.”