Health reform implementation

Poll finds support for ObamaCare mandate delay

{mosads}The GOP argues that individuals should not be required to purchase health insurance next year because the administration is not requiring larger employers to offer it until 2015.

The survey from Republican pollster OnMessage suggests some support for this reasoning, especially in what the polling memo called the political “battleground.”

“Clearly, most voters see such a delay as nothing more than common sense given the fact that the administration has already delayed the corporate mandate,” the memo stated.

The White House and Senate Democrats have vowed to reject any spending measure that delays or undermines the Affordable Care Act, meaning the House-passed bill is unlikely to become law.

Putting off the individual mandate would be problematic for the Affordable Care Act’s rollout.

The policy is necessary to ensure that young, healthy people enter the risk pool to balance the older, sicker patients that will no longer face discrimination because of their health — one of the law’s most popular provisions.

The AAF-commissioned survey consisted of 1,200 likely voters and was conducted from Sept. 25-26. The congressional districts surveyed were identified as either conservative, swing, or lean Democratic but held by a Republican. 

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