Americans Favor Repeal of Pro-Abortion Health Care, But Say It’s Unlikely

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 26, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Americans Favor Repeal of Pro-Abortion Health Care, But Say It’s Unlikely

by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 26
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — Americans favor repeal of the new law President Barack Obama signed that contains massive taxpayer funding of abortion and they believe doing so would be beneficial for the economy. However, a new Rasmussen Reports poll shows they don’t think it is likely to happen.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of likely voters in the November elections finds 58 percent of voters favor repeal, including 48% who strongly favor it. Thirty-seven percent oppose repeal and that includes about 28 percent who are strongly opposed.

Support for repeal is up two points from a week ago but is consistent with findings recorded over the past several months, Rasmussen notes. Weekly tracking surveys have found support for repeal has ranged from 52% to 63%.

Forty-four percent believe repeal of the health care bill would be good for the economy while just 28 percent disagree.

Thirty-four percent of voters say the health care plan is good for the country, but most voters see its impact as bad. Fifty percent or more of voters have said the plan is bad for the country since late March.

But just 39% think it even somewhat likely that the new law will actually be repealed while 48% of voters see repeal as unlikely. Those figures include nine percent who say repeal is very likely and 10 percent who say it is very unlikely.

Democrats continue to be much more supportive of the health care bill and much more confident of its benefits than are Republicans and voters not affiliated with either party, the new Rasmussen survey indicates.

Obama signed the pro-abortion government-run health care bill into law along with an executive order that does not stop the abortion funding the bill contains.

The bill requires that at least one health care plan be promoted across the country that pays for abortions, more abortion funding would come via the affordability credits, and many of the so-called limits on abortion funding in the Senate bill are temporary and could expire or be overturned at a later date.

The Senate health care bill also pays for abortions under the Indian Health Service program.

And it contains the Mikulski amendment that would allow the Obama administration to define abortion as preventative care and force insurance plans to pay for abortions.

Finally, the Senate bill does not contain language needed to offer full conscience protection for pro-life medical workers and facilities.

The National Right to Life Committee exposed two weeks ago how abortion funding was authorized in three states. After it unveiled the information, the Obama administration backed down and promised to prevent abortion funding under the high risk health insurance pools, though it has not approved any law or administrative rules putting that promise into place.


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