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    82% of Americans Oppose Health Care Mandate

    A new poll finds President Obama's health care mandate is so unpopular, it gets less respect than Rodney Dangerfield. 

    Doh!

    More than 8 in 10 people surveyed - 82 percent - say the federal government should not have the power to require Americans to buy health insurance. 

    • 95 percent of Republicans oppose the mandate. 
    • 87 percent of politically important independents agree.

    Meanwhile, three federal district judges have found the mandate unconstitutional. So has a federal appeals court. So might the Supreme Court.

    All of which should greatly concern anyone who supports the President's health care law. The individual mandate is that law's linchpin: repeal it, and the whole thing unravels. 

    The poll of 1,000 adults, conducted Aug. 18-22, 2011, was released September 13 by the Associated Press and the National Constitution Center.

    The public's view is captured nicely by Daisy Mallory, a 78-year-old retired factory worker in La Grange, Illinois: 

    "I just think that people should have the right to buy health insurance, or not." 

     

    Dean Clancy is FreedomWorks' Legislative Counsel and Vice President, Health Care Policy

    1 comments
    Edwin Webster
    09/15/2011

    Ok, I'll agree with 78-year old Daisy Mallory that people have the right whether or not to buy health insurance, however I would add that everyone has the responsibility to pay for their own health care. Economically, people in the health insurance field have lives similar to our own: mortgages, car loans, kids in college, etc. We are paying for their livelihood in addition to our health care costs through our premiums and co-pays. We should not be compelled to buy health insurance, but we should each pay our own way. And, of course, help our brothers and sisters in need....I could keep going, instead I'll just stop typing now. Thanks. :)

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