Poll: Majority wants ObamaCare subsidies to survive Supreme Court

A vast majority of Americans think lawmakers should take steps to secure healthcare subsidies if the Supreme Court rules against subsidies included in ObamaCare this summer.

Sixty-three percent supports a plan to keep federal subsidies for plans purchased through the federal exchange flowing, even if they are ruled illegal in the upcoming case, King v. Burwell, according to a poll released Wednesday by Morning Consult.


The case, which rests on specific language in the Affordable Care Act, questions whether people should receive subsidies in states that did not create their own health insurance marketplaces. About three-quarters of states have not done so, and they are home to at least 10 million people who receive subsidies.

Some healthcare advocates have called on members of Congress to tweak the law to wipe away any legal concerns. But a majority in the GOP-controlled Congress is rooting for the court to rule against ObamaCare, which the House has already tried to repeal this year. 

The Obama administration has kept quiet about whether it has a backup plan for the subsidies and has declined to answer questions about whether Obama would take executive action or go to Congress if it loses the case.

Polling found 68 percent of respondents believe Americans should have access to healthcare subsides, “regardless of whether they come from a state or federal exchange.”

The poll, which took place between Feb. 6 and Feb. 9 with 1,781 voters, has a margin of error of 2.3 percentage points.