This week Gallup released its latest polling on the Obama health care law and contrary to the rosy expectations of the law’s proponents, Americans have not warmed to the plan and remained deeply divided as to its merits. But perhaps most striking is this finding:
Americans overwhelmingly believe the “individual mandate,” as it is often called, is unconstitutional, by a margin of 72% to 20%.
Even a majority of Democrats, and a majority of those who think the healthcare law is a good thing, believe that provision is unconstitutional.
See the numbers here.
Via Meadia at some level can’t hate the concept of an individual mandate; surely we should all take some responsibility for our own health care. People who don’t buy health insurance and then expect the rest of us to foot the bill when they break their legs on a ski slope are not high on VM’s list of responsible citizens.
But that’s about principle, not about constitutional law or the details of the bloated and unmanageable bill that the Dems drafted to please the special interests who support them. The individual mandate and the complex bureaucratic structures around it look more and more like a mistake. It’s a fact which even staunch progressive health care reform advocates are beginning to acknowledge.
As the Supremes reflect on the merits of the law, they can’t help but know that declaring the mandate unconstitutional will be a popular move. In a perfect world that wouldn’t shift any votes on a closely divided court, but that isn’t the kind of world we live in.
Anything could happen when the court rules on this law. A question worth pondering: if President Obama’s proudest accomplishment is struck down for violating the Constitution, and most of the public applauds that decision, what does that do to his re-election campaign?