Category: Health Care Bill

Just before the House of Representatives passed sweeping health care legislation last Sunday, 41% of voters nationwide favored the legislation while 54% were opposed. Now that President Obama has signed the legislation into law, most voters want to see it repealed.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey, conducted on the first two nights after the president signed the bill, shows that 55% favor repealing the legislation. Forty-two percent (42%) oppose repeal. Those figures include 46% who Strongly Favor repeal and 35% who Strongly Oppose it.

In terms of Election 2010, 52% say they’d vote for a candidate who favors repeal over one who does not. Forty-one percent (41%) would cast their vote for someone who opposes repeal.

Not surprisingly, Republicans overwhelmingly favor repeal while most Democrats are opposed. Among those not affiliated with either major party, 59% favor repeal, and 35% are against it.

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David Goodhue – AHN News Reporter

Washington, DC, United States (AHN) – Attorneys general in several states have announced they will file a lawsuit to challenge the health care system overhaul that passed the U.S. House of Representatives Sunday night.

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum joined at least nine other attorneys general who announced plans to challenge the constitutionality of the bill, which passed along party lines 219 to 212. No Republican voted for the bill.

McCollum is also a candidate for governor of Florida. He is expected to hold a press conference Monday to discuss the lawsuit.

McCollum said Sunday night that the bill is unconstitutional because it forces people to have health insurance. He said the bill also violates states’ sovereignty.

Attorneys general from South Carolina, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Pennsylvania, Washington, North Dakota and South Dakota also said they would sue to repeal the bill.

“The bill would allow the IRS to confiscate refunds if there are penalties for not buying health care”.

House Ways and Means Republicans on Thursday assailed a provision in the proposed health care reform bill under consideration this week.

Subcommittee on Oversight ranking member Charles Boustany (R-La.) said the IRS provision in the bill “dangerously expands, in an ominous way the tentacles of the IRS and it’s reach into every American family,” he said today during a press conference.

“This is a vast expanse of power,” he said.

Boustany said the bill would allow the IRS to confiscate refunds if there are penalties for not buying health care.

Lawmakers have questioned whether the IRS can handle the increased workload to oversee, administer and collect penalties for people who don’t buy health insurance.

“This is increasing tax liability and tax scrutiny,” said Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.).

Ranking member Dave Camp (R-Mich.) said many Americans have already rejected the call for health care reform for other reasons and an expansion of the IRS should only add to call to “kill the bill.”

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