When the government-run health care legislation was passed by Congress in March 2010, it immediately met with controversy and resistance by Republicans and Pro-Lifers. ObamaCare’s vague and unrestricted language leaves open the possibility for tax-payer funding of abortion as well federally rationed medical care. Although several polls have indicated that most Americans oppose ObamaCare, this December, a new Rasmussen poll reveals that for the first time, a majority of Americans believe that the legislation will be repealed.
The December Rasmussen national telephone survey indicated that 52 percent of Americans think it is likely that the health care law will be overturned versus 33 percent who view repeal as unlikely. Those numbers include 16 percent who say it is very likely and 5 percent who say it is very unlikely. The number of Americans who believe repeal is likely has steadily increased over the past few months (47 percent in November, up from 38 percent in April.) This increase appears to show that Pro-Life and anti-ObamaCare sentiment is gaining momentum throughout the country, and that the gains made in the November elections have given Americans more confidence that real change is possible.
It is important to note that as this survey was released, ObamaCare is undergoing the first of many legal challenges. In Virginia, U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson ruled that ObamaCare was unconstitutional because of the individual mandate requiring Americans to purchase health insurance. Judge Hudson issued a 42-page opinion writing that the individual mandate exceeds Congress’ authority to regulate interstate commerce, and is “neither within the letter nor the spirit of the Constitution.”
In Florida, U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson held a hearing with the attorneys general from 20 states who argued that ObamaCare’s individual mandate is an unconstitutional expansion of federal government’s powers. The Obama administration is arguing that Americans should not be allowed to opt out of ObamaCare because medical care is essential and required for every citizen. They also argue that legally states do not have the standing to file a suit against ObamaCare. Judge Vinson promises to rule soon, but it is unlikely there will be a decision earlier than mid-January.
The new Rasmussen poll and the first court cases against ObamaCare, show that Americans are beginning to understand the dangers of abortion, rationing, and euthanasia connected with ObamaCare and are sending a strong message that it is time to repeal this law.
For more information on the results of the Rasmussen survey please visit: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/healthcare/december_2010/for_first_time_ever_most_voters_think_health_care_repeal_likely