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Poll: Americans Have Contradictory Views on Health Care

By on 12.27.10 | 9:30AM

A new CNN poll shows that the public is still overwhelmingly opposed to ObamaCare. Yet when you break down the individual provisions, they hold views that are contradictory from a policy perspective. On the one hand, Americans oppose the mandate to purchase health insurance by a 60 percent to 38 percent margin, and yet by an even wider 64 percent to 35 percent margin, they favor preventing insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. Regardless of political ideology, health care policy experts generally agree that you cannot force insurers to cover those with pre-existing conditions if you aren't requiring all people to purchase insurance -- otherwise the market will break down.

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