Americans Oppose Mandate in Pro-Abortion ObamaCare, Back Lawsuit Against It

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 5, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Americans Oppose Mandate in Pro-Abortion ObamaCare, Back Lawsuit Against It

by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 5
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — On the heels of the landslide victory for Proposition C in Missouri, where citizens voted to exempt Missouri from the insurance mandate in the new health care law, a new poll finds Americans across the country would likely have voted for the proposition themselves had it been on the ballot in their state.

Missourians voted overwhelmingly to reject a federal mandate to purchase health insurance — important because some of the plans in the program will pay for abortions with federal funds.

They passed Proposition C by almost a 3-1 ratio.

Now, a new Rasmussen Reports poll finds 54 percent of likely voters oppose the requirement in the new federal health care bill that every American must buy or obtain health insurance. It finds just 43 percent favor the requirement, which is also the subject of a lawsuit in court sponsored by numerous states.

Eighty-one percent (81%) of Republicans and 62% of voters not affiliated with either party oppose the requirement that every American buy or obtain health insurance. Seventy-two percent (72%) of Democrats favor it.

As on all questions involving the health care plan, the intensity is on the side of the opponents: 23% strongly favor the health insurance requirement, but 41% strongly oppose it.

On the subject of the lawsuits, a plurality favor them: some 46% favor their state suing the federal government to prevent the requirement from becoming law while 37 percent oppose the lawsuit and 17 percent are undecided.

Arizona and Oklahoma have similar measures on their November ballots, and voters in Colorado and Florida are pushing for the same.

GOP voters and unaffiliateds are more supportive than Democrats of a lawsuit challenging the requirement and of a state referendum on the contentious issue.

Forty-two percent believe their state should hold a referendum allowing voters to decide whether or not citizens in the state should be required to buy or obtain health insurance. Thirty-six percent oppose such a vote while 23 percent are uncertain.

Fifty-nine percent of voters in the Rasmussen poll now favor repeal of the health care bill.

"Opposition to the law remains as high as it was in the months before it was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama," said pollster Scott Rasmussen.

Proposition C is a non-binding referendum on ObamaCare that asked voters whether state law should be amended to "deny the government authority to penalize citizens for refusing to purchase private insurance or infringe upon the right to offer or accept direct payment for lawful health care services."

On Monday, a federal judge ruled that a Virginia-based lawsuit against the mandate should move forward, rejecting an attempt by the federal government to have the case thrown out on procedural grounds.


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