Americans remain deeply divided over Obamacare but have some clear ideas on what should be done if that law is overturned by the Supreme Court.
Thirty-seven percent (37%) of voters believe the Affordable Care Act, sometimes referred to as Obamacare, is unconstitutional. A ScottRasmussen.com poll found that 41% disagree and 22% are not sure. Several states have filed legal action arguing that the law is unconstitutional.
Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Republicans believe the law is unconstitutional while 68% of Democrats take the opposite view. Among Independent voters, 31% believe it is unconstitutional while 38% say it is not (see crosstab results).
If the Supreme Court does rule against Obamacare, more than seventy-percent of voters support three Congressional responses: protecting those with pre-existing conditions (78%), letting every American to buy into the health insurance plans that are available to government employees (74%), and allowing children to stay on their parents’ health insurance until age 26 (72%).
As always, there is strong public support for expanding the choices available to consumers. Sixty-five percent (65%) favor requiring health insurance companies to offer a variety of health insurance options to customers. Just 20% oppose giving people a choice including more expensive plans with comprehensive coverage and less expensive plans that cover only basic health care needs. A related question found that 76% believe voters should have such a choice. And, only 35% support banning the sale of less expensive insurance policies that provide less comprehensive insurance.
Fifty-six percent (56%) think everyone should be allowed to buy into Medicare. In some sense, that might be seen as a fallback to letting them buy into the insurance plans offered to government employees.
If Obamacare is declared unconstitutional, 50% believe individual states should be allowed to set their own guidelines. Thirty-three percent (33%) are opposed to that approach.
Just 45% would like Congress to replace as much of Obamacare as possible within the Court ruling. That’s not surprising since 54% still favor the repeal of President Obama’s signature law. In practical terms, however, it’s difficult to measure support for the reality of Obamacare because it is so deeply embedded in our health care system.
A plurality (46%) oppose banning private health insurance and establishing a national health care system run by the federal government. Just 39% support such an effort.
Finally, 64% believe people that engage in risky habits and lifestyle choices should pay more for their health insurance.
Our regular health care tracking polls show that over 70% of voters consistently rate their own health, insurance coverage, and medical care as good or excellent. However, only about half as many rate the health care system in such positive terms. Data suggests that people believe the health care system was broken before Obamacare was passed and believe it is still broken today.
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The national survey of 1,002 Registered Voters was conducted March 27-28, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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