Another poll, this time from Bloomberg News, shows that a majority of Americans support virtually the entire health care reform law. Only the individual mandate turns people against it. A CBS News/New York Time poll from April had similar results, as I reported here. (A Times story this morning on how the law has lost in the court of public opinion is premised on a reading of that poll that shows a majority supports repealing “some or all” of the bill. That is correct. Take out the mandate — the “some” — and a majority supports the rest of the bill.)
As Paul Starr of Princeton University laid out in this New Republic piece, there are easy fixes for the insurance industry should the mandate be struck down by the Supreme Court. Assuming the court only goes that far and doesn’t engage in judicial overreach, one can only hope that the press will be filled with stories reporting those options when the court announces its decision.Did you like this? If so, please bookmark it, RSS feed.