POLL: 60 per cent Of Americans Think The Individual Mandate Is A Tax

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Although support for the Affordable Care Act has jumped in the days following the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the law, another new poll from CNN displays the tough challenge President Barack Obama will have selling the law to what is still a sceptical public. The CNN/ORC International survey released Monday found that 60 per cent of Americans view the key provision, the individual mandate to purchase health care, as a tax. That compares with 39 per cent who don’t view it that way. With Chief Justice John Roberts as the deciding vote, the Supreme Court upheld the law under Congress’ authority to levy taxes. 

Overall, the poll found that 48 per cent of those surveyed favoured the provision. But it suggests that Republicans could have an opening to attack Obama and Democrats this election season, because tax increases, of course, never poll well. 

Republicans have already feasted on the Supreme Court ruling, disappointed at the decision overall but quick to point out that it amounts to a tax increase. In his meltdown on Thursday, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh blasted Obamacare as “the largest tax increase in the history of the world.”

Overall, 43 per cent of Americans in the CNN/ORC poll expressed support for most of the provisions in the law, higher than the 34 per cent that oppose most of the provisions. Polls continue to show that most of the provisions of Obamacare, minus the individual mandate, are popular with the majority of Americans. Still, 51 per cent of Americans want full repeal of the law. 

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