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Opposition to ObamaCare Rises in NYT Poll

By on 9.16.10 | 10:16AM

Opposition to ObamaCare continues to grow, despite predicitions by supporters that the new law would become popular once passed.

A new CBS/New York Times poll has found that 49 percent of Americans oppose the health care law, compared with just 37 percent who support it.

ObamaCare booster Jonathan Cohn, while acknowledging that recent polls have been discouraging, sees some silver lining in the CBS/NYT poll. He notes that "While 40 percent of respondents said they supported repealing the Affordable Care Act, more than half changed their minds (leaving just 19 percent in favor of repeal) when pollsters mentioned that it'd mean letting insurance companies exclude people with pre-existing conditions."

Yet this is the same argument that proponents of the legislation have used all along to explain poor poll results -- that it's more popular when you ask seperately about its component parts. The problem is that the popular parts are linked to other less popular parts to make up the whole. When you force insurers to cover those with pre-existing conditions, it means imposing an individual mandate, which remains highly unpopular. Had pollsters asked whether voters would favor repeal if it meant ending the requirement that people purchase government-approved insurance policies or pay a tax, I'm sure the pro-repeal numbers would have shot up.

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