Poll: Most Americans Oppose Health Mandate, Taxes

A new poll shows that a substantial majority of Americans are opposed to key elements of the proposed health care reform. For example, more than seven in ten oppose a government mandate that all individuals buy health insurance – or else face a $750 tax, according to the Galen Institute:

Seventy-one percent of those surveyed said they would oppose “a new law saying that everyone either would have to obtain private or public health insurance approved by the government or pay a tax of $750 or more every year.”  Only 21 percent said they would support the law.  More than half (54 percent) of all respondents indicate a “strong” opposition to the individual mandate, including 58 percent of those 45-54 years of age and 58 percent of those 55 years and older.

In addition, more than two-thirds did not like the idea of reducing health benefits for seniors to pay for the uninsured, 71 percent said they were concerned their insurance would change if Congress reforms health care, and 58 percent did not support raising taxes on the working and middle class to fund it.

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