The key provision of the health-care reform law struck down today by a federal judge in Virginia is also the one that's the least popular with the public.
The requirement that individuals get health insurance, or face penalties, has long been among the most divisive parts of the legislation, even as it serves as the lynchpin of the entire overhaul. In a post-election poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly seven in 10 said they thought the individual mandate should be repealed. Contrast that to five other pieces of the law that most Americans said should be left alone.
Below is the full breakdown from the Kaiser poll, with splits for those who cast Democratic and Republican ballots in last month's congressional election.
Element All adults Voted Dem. Voted GOP Keep Repeal Keep Rep. Keep Rep. Tax credits to small businesses 78% 18% 92% 6% 59% 36% Gradually close Medicare "doughnut hole" 72 22 87 8 50 41 Subsidy assistance to Individuals 71 24 85 12 39 54 Guaranteed issue 71 26 82 16 61 35 Increase Medicare payroll tax on wealthy 54 39 75 20 27 69 Individual mandate 27 68 44 49 9 88