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Poll: Most Want ‘Obamacare’ Opponents to Move On

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Now that the Supreme Court has upheld President Obama’s health-reform law, a new poll suggests most people want the law’s opponents to drop their repeal efforts and move on to other problems.

In the latest survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 56 percent of respondents said they prefer Obamacare opponents “stop their efforts to block the law and move on to other national problems,” while 38 percent said they prefer those opponents “continue trying to block the law from being implemented.”

Kaiser, a nonprofit, independent foundation that studies health policy and opinions, polled 1,239 adults beginning last Thursday, when the Supreme Court upheld Obama’s health law under Congress’s taxing power.

Responses broke down on partisan lines, but independents who do not lean toward either party also preferred “Obamacare” critics drop their repeal push by a margin of 51 percent to 35 percent. Respondents favored the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the law by a margin of 47 percent to 43 percent, Kaiser found.

Republicans, including presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney, have campaigned on a plan to repeal the law after November’s election.

While the health law remains unpopular, Kaiser found a bump in support for it after the Supreme Court’s decision. In Kaiser’s polling, the respondents were, 41 percent to 41 percent, on whether they support or oppose the law. That was an increase in support from May, when Kaiser found respondents opposed the law 44 percent to 37 percent.

A separate poll released today corroborated that bump, with opposition slipping from 57 percent to 52 percent and support increasing from 43 percent to 48 percent.

The health law saw a similar bump when it passed Congress in March 2010. The law was unpopular before Congress passed it and Obama signed it, but Gallup showed a brief moment in which poll respondents favored the law immediately after its victory. A week later, it was unpopular again.

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Kaiser Poll: More Than Half Of Americans Confused About Health Reform

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Six months after the passage of the health care law, more than half of Americans are still confused about it, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Monday.  Even as the first of the new “consumer protections” start kicking in this month, confusion has risen to the highest point since April, and 53 percent of Americans are in the dark about what the new law means.  Three in ten seniors polled mistakenly believe that the new law will permit government panels to make decisions about their end-of-life care, dubbed “death panels” by some.  However, favorable views of reform have regained “a small upper hand” over unfavorable views, by 49-40 percent.  But among registered voters, support is even. The report comes six weeks before a mid-term election in which health care has become the battle cry for Republicans hoping to take back majority.  Even House Democrats who voted against it are clearly using their No vote to distance themselves from the establishment. At the same time, those who supported the bill are silent on the issue.  Still, health care is largely overshadowed by the economy and jobs. Only three in ten Americans say they’re more likely to go to the polls because of the health care law, while six in ten say the law’s passage doesn’t really change their interest in voting. Republicans are pushing for a full repeal of the law, but only 26 percent of Americans say the law should be repealed as soon as possible, according to the Kaiser survey.

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