Poll: Majority supports state healthcare reform opt-out

In the same week that more than half of the country’s states successfully challenged the healthcare reform law, a majority of voters believe states have the right to opt out of the overhaul.

Fifty-four percent supported a state’s right to back out of healthcare reform, up from 47 percent in December, according to a Rasmussen Reports survey.

The poll was conducted Feb. 2-3, in the aftermath of the Florida ruling that the entire reform law is unconstitutional in a lawsuit brought by 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Business.

The poll comes as Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) are pushing a new bill that would allow states to opt out of the law’s bedrock elements, including the requirement to purchase health insurance, expansion of Medicaid and a penalty against large employers that don’t offer coverage.

According to the Rasmussen polling — which tends to lean to the right — 54 percent back the Graham/Barrasso approach.

Graham said this week he thinks most states, given the chance, would opt out of the so-called individual mandate, making President Obama’s signature achievement unworkable.