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Majority Of Americans Oppose Measure That Requires People To Purchase Health Insurance

December 29, 2010 by  

Majority of Americans oppose measure that requires people to purchase health insuranceA new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey reveals that a majority of Americans are opposed to the healthcare law that requires all citizens to buy insurance.

The poll, which was released on Dec. 27, shows that about 60 percent of respondents oppose the provision of Obamacare that requires Americans to purchase health insurance or face fines. CNN polling director Keating Holland said that women are more likely than men to support the provision, but a majority of females — 53 percent — still said they were opposed to the health insurance requirement, which is scheduled to go into effect in 2014.

Other provisions of the law, which was signed by President Barack Obama this past March, were more popular. Approximately six in 10 said they were in favor of the measure that prevents insurance companies from dropping coverage for people who become seriously ill. About 64 percent said they are in favor of the provision that prohibits insurance providers from denying coverage for individuals who have pre-existing conditions.

According to The Hill, Republican lawmakers are considering holding a vote to repeal Obamacare early in 2011. Beginning in January, the GOP will hold a majority in the House of Representatives and gain several seats in the Senate.

In a letter addressed to Republican leaders earlier this month, Tea Party group Freedom Works supported a repeal, arguing that three-fifths of states have already challenged the law.

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