In recent lower court rulings on the Affordable Care Act, three judges appointed by Democratic administrations have so far supported the law, while two judges appointed by Republican administrations have ruled it unconstitutional.
Devon M. Herrick is a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis, a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank focused on free-market approaches to public policy. He believes that the Supreme Court will largely look to the letter of the law when making any decision.
"I do not believe federal judges will rule for or against the Affordable Care Act based solely on their political affiliation," he said. "However, differing political views can undoubtedly influence a judge's interpretation of whether the ACA's individual mandate violates the Constitution."
The new poll found that the nation as a whole is still split on how it feels about the Affordable Care Act overall, with 39 percent of respondents opposed to the reform package, 34 percent in favor and 27 percent still undecided.
Most of this division cleaves along party lines, with 72 percent of Republicans wanting to repeal all or most of the legislation, compared to 15 percent of Democrats.
Smaller majorities agreed in the new poll with other arguments that would support the individual mandate. For instance, 56 percent agreed with the statement, "If everyone is required to have health insurance, including healthy people, it will make the average cost of insurance less expensive."
And 51 percent agreed with the contention that "requiring insurance companies to provide health insurance to people with preexisting conditions will not work unless everyone is required to have insurance" -- a major argument often put forward as to why the individual mandate is necessary.
The AARP said it agrees with that reasoning.
"Our members have been telling us for decades about the problems they've had getting or keeping access to h
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