Repeal What Exactly?

Oct 15 2010 @ 6:45pm

Kaiser looks at various polls on the popularity of health care repeal:

[U]nderstanding what the public means when they say they want ‘repeal’ might be a more nuanced task than it seems. In the latest Bloomberg National Poll, a robust 47 percent of likely voters say they want to repeal health reform. But asked to say whether each of eight specific provisions should be repealed, majorities wanted to keep six of them (perhaps not surprising, given previous polling that suggests many of the early provisions are widely popular).

For example, roughly three in four likely voters want to keep the temporary high risk pools, the right to guaranteed issue, and the provisions which close the doughnut hole. Two in three want to keep the provisions which allow young adults to stay on their parents’ health insurance, and nearly as many back the exchanges. What, exactly, do most likely voters actually want to repeal? Six in ten want to repeal taxes on so-called Cadillac health insurance plans, and about half want to repeal the individual mandate. In other words, for at least a sizeable group of voters, an expressed desire to ‘repeal’ health reform may actually represent much more mixed views on the full content of the new law.