Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Doctors poll results on Affordable Care Act (ACA) aka "Obamacare"

From: WebMD, MedScape, business of medicine. Log in required.

The ACA is a hotly debated topic. Specifically, the individual mandate requiring individuals to purchase health care coverage. In fact, this will be debated in the Supreme Court this June.

Here are some of the highlights of the poll results from US Physicians:

Do you think it is or is not constitutional for the US government to require individuals to purchase healthcare insurance or else pay a penalty?

44% - Yes, it is constitutional
56% - No, it is not constitutional

Do you think all individuals should or should not be required to purchase healthcare insurance?

33% - It should be required; the ability to fund healthcare reform depends on instituting the individual mandate
14% - It should be required; it is wrong for uninsured persons to seek healthcare at emergency departments and then not pay
34% - It should not be required; the government should not force people to buy a product or service
18% - It should not be required; if healthcare reform cannot succeed without this mandate, then it is not a well-designed plan

Should the Supreme Court strike down the individual mandate but keep all other elements of the Affordable Care Act?

11% - Yes; the other policies of healthcare reform are useful, even if the individual mandate is eliminated
12% - Yes; even though the Affordable Care Act lacks a severability clause, the court can still selectively void inclusions of the mandate
51% - No; the overall economic structure of healthcare reform and the Affordable Care Act depends on the inclusion of the mandate
26% - No, because the Affordable Care Act lacks a severability clause that would preserve the rest of the law

Do you predict that the individual mandate will be upheld?

46% - Yes, it will be upheld
54% - No, it will not

Do you support or oppose the Affordable Care Act?

39% - Strongly support
8% - Somewhat support
4% - Neutral
43% - Strongly oppose
0% - Uncertain

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