WASHINGTON – Republicans have pledged to repeal and replace President Obamas health-care overhaul. If the Supreme Court strikes down the law, they may struggle to deliver on the second part of their vow.
A plurality of Americans, 43 percent, say they want to retain the 2010 law with only small modifications, while 15 percent say the measure should be left alone, a Bloomberg National Poll shows. One-third say it should be repealed.
The court will rule in the next week on the constitutionality of the law, the centerpiece of which is the mandate that most Americans buy insurance or pay a fine.
A rejection of all or part of the Affordable Care Act would be a setback for Obama, undercutting his biggest legislative victory. With elections approaching, House Republicans are signaling they have no immediate replacement to offer.
Laetitia Adam, a 33-year-old independent voter from Miami, said she supports the laws insurance mandate as well as the provision allowing children up to age 26 to stay on their parents health plans.
For the most part, I agree with the law as it is, Adam, a respondent to the June 15-18 poll, said in a follow-up interview. You cant afford to get sick without insurance.
Almost seven in 10 Republicans say the law should be repealed, according to the Bloomberg poll. Support for keeping it in place with minor changes is shared by 43 percent of independents, 17 percent of Republicans, and 64 percent of Democrats.