A recent study performed by Reuters and Ipsos shows that the majority of the Americans reject the new health law, even though they like the provisions that come with it. The accusations that the Republicans are making against President Barack Obama represent the reasons why most Americans reject the reform, says Reuters.
The future of Barack Obama’s new health law is in the hands of the Supreme Court who is set to decide on whether the law should be preserved or not in a few days. Even so, it seems that the majority of the American population has made up their mind in relation to the law. Based on the results of a recent poll conducted by Reuters and Ipsos, most Americans think the provisions suggested by the President are great, but they tend to reject the new health law because they are influenced by the Republicans.
The study was performed from Thursday to Saturday by asking people belonging to different social categories what they feel about the health reform. Results have shown that fifty-six percent of the population is against the law, whereas forty-four favor it. Nevertheless, respondents confessed that they liked most of the provisions that were included in the law, such as, the fact that children may be included on the parents’ health insurance until the age of 26. The only explanation for this paradox is the fact that Republicans have convinced people to reject the project, even though some measures could be in their favor.
There is, however, one provision that has been rejected by most of the Americans, that is, the “individual mandate” which presupposes that every citizen should own insurance. This mandate was rejected by sixty-one percent Americans, whereas only 39 percent are willing to accept it. Those who have rejected the provision base their opinion on Republicans’ belief that the mandate is unconstitutional.
Ipsos pollster Chris Jackson told the press that the constitutionality of the law is the only thing influencing the decision of the Supreme Court. According to him, Obama’s 2010 health law will most likely be rejected if it is found to be unconstitutional.