Although the U.S. Supreme Court may rule the new health care act is constitutional, it is losing in the court of public opinion. The 2010 health care act, named by congressional Democrats as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, after a year of promotion, has still not managed to win a majority of the public’s support. Gallup reports only 42 percent of Americans would keep the act and 47 percent would repeal it.
A recent Quinnipiac University poll confirms Gallup. In it, 48 percent of Americans said the Supreme Court should overturn the new health care law and only 40 percent said uphold it.
The act is opposed in spite of the fact that 57 percent of Americans believe the health care system has major problems, only 33 percent believe health care coverage is “excellent” or “good,” and 50 percent believe the government has responsibility for providing health care (Gallup, Nov. 16, 2011).
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