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Poll: Many Think Justices’ Ideologies Will Affect High Court’s Health Law Decision

According to a Kaiser Family Foundation January tracking poll, a majority of Americans believe the Supreme Court's health law ruling will result from the justices' own ideology rather than legal analysis. The poll also found that the public believes the uninsured will benefit most from the overhaul. 

Politico Pro: Public Thinks Ideology Will Drive ACA Ruling
The American public has little faith that partisan politics can be put aside when the Supreme Court decides on the Affordable Care Act this year, a new survey finds. Seventy-five percent said they think ideological beliefs influence decisions made by the Supreme Court justices, while just 17 percent think pure, nonpartisan legal analysis drives their decisions, according to the January Kaiser Health Tracking Poll. Further, 60 percent believe the justices will inject personal politics into their decision on health care reform's individual mandate, while 28 percent said politics won't factor into their decision on the provision (Millman, 1/26).

Kaiser Health News: Majority Of Americans Think Ideology Will Affect High Court's Ruling On Health Law
With the Supreme Court just two months away from hearing a historic legal challenge to the 2010 health law, nearly 60 percent of the public expects the justices to depend more on personal ideology than a legal analysis of the individual mandate, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation's January health tracking poll (Carey, 1/26).

Modern Healthcare: Most People Believe Reform Law Will Help Uninsured The Most: Poll
The public believes the uninsured will benefit the most from the 2010 federal healthcare overhaul, while physicians will suffer its most detrimental impacts, according to a recent public poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The monthly Kaiser Health Tracking Poll released Thursday found 53% expected the law to benefit people without insurance, while 25% expected it to leave them worse off (Daly, 1/26).

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