The American People Send A Message To The Supreme Court: Don’t Mess With Our Obamacare


A Washington Post-ABC News poll released on June 8th, finds a strong majority of Americans oppose the Supreme Court taking action to block federal subsidies in states that didn’t set up their own health care exchanges. The survey found that 55 percent of Americans want the Supreme Court to maintain the federal subsidies for low and middle-income families, while only 38 percent of poll respondents want the court to rule against the subsidies in the pending King v Burwell court case.

Predictably, there was a discernible partisan divide on the issue of preserving federal health care subsidies. 65 percent of Democrats and 57 percent of Independents argued that the court should not take action to block health insurance subsidies. By contrast, only 34 percent of Republicans felt the same way, with 55 percent of GOP voters saying the court should repeal the subsidies.

In states that have not set up their own exchanges, 53 percent of voters favor keeping the subsidies to just 40 percent who want them eliminated. Although this is a solid majority of voters in those states, it is lower than the 58-33 support for keeping federal subsidies, expressed by voters in the mostly blue states that have set up their own exchanges. While those voters would not be directly affected by the coming Supreme Court ruling, they nevertheless want the federal subsidies to remain intact for their fellow Americans.

The American people have expressed an ambivalent and sometimes contradictory attitude towards Obamacare. Nevertheless, when push comes to shove, it is clear that a decisive majority of Americans want the Supreme Court to leave the health care law alone. The federal health care subsidies made possible by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provide direct benefits to 6.4 million people in 34 states.

Since Supreme Court Justices are appointed for life, they are not sensitive to public opinion in the same way that elected officials are. What the American people think is of little consequence to the members of the court.

However, should the ideologically partisan right-wing justices on the court decide to end the federal Obamacare subsidies, they will create an enormous headache for conservative lawmakers, who will then have to deal with the fallout from the court’s decision.

14 Replies to “The American People Send A Message To The Supreme Court: Don’t Mess With Our Obamacare”

  1. What did liberals do that was so offensive to the Republican party? I’ll tell you what they did. Liberals got women the right to vote. Liberals got African-Americans the right to vote. Liberals created Social Security and lifted millions of elderly people out of poverty. Liberals ended segregation. Liberals passed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act. Liberals created Medicare. Liberals passed the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act. Liberals passed the ACA.
    What did conservatives do? They opposed them on every one of those things, every one.
    So when you try to hurl that label at my feet, ‘Liberal,’ as if it were something to be ashamed of, something dirty, something to run away from, it won’t work, Senator. Because I will pick up that label and I will wear it as a badge of honor.”
    — Lawrence O’Donnell Jr.- The West Wing

  2. *IF* I was a tea bag/repub, I can now say “No to government healthcare, and don’t touch my medicare”

    Being an educated liberal, I know medicare IS government healthcare and it works!!

    My medicare started 01JUNE and what idiot came up with the part D donuthole and favors the part D insurance providers?

    The co-pays on formulary medications range from 33% – 50% of the ACTUAL MEDICAION COST and in my case equals to about $1000 per month!

    Oh that was Bush who screwed up part D
    Medicare Part D will add $852 billion to the debt over the next 10 years

  3. My heart goes out to the people who are depending on these subsidies. SCOTUS never should have taken this case.

  4. I still think Roberts or Kennedy will come to their senses and not wanting the republican party destroyed uphold the law

  5. John Thune makes bid for America’s Dumbest Senator

    Six million people risk losing their health care subsidies, yet @POTUS continues to deny that Obamacare is bad for the American people.
    — @SenJohnThune

    Can someone please explain this to me English?

  6. Republican gang members, at large. That bad old Obamacare curse on the American people……In the Republican Gang’s view.

  7. You are right about Medicare Part D adding to the deficit. The other problem is Bush and his cronies made it really into welfare for drug companies in that they can pick a menu of drugs that they can refuse to cover even if prescribed and needed by the patient/client. The ACA, which has helped nearly 30 million people, including myself and my family, is a big step forward but doesn’t fix that particular Bush screw up.

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