A new survey shows about four in 10 Americans think the individual mandate in President Obama’s health-care law should be delayed, like the employer mandate was, for one year.
Only 12 percent of respondents said the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that individuals acquire health insurance should start as planned in 2014, according to the survey from HealthPocket.
The highest number of respondents (47 percent) fell into a third category, saying they were “not certain.”
House Republican leaders called on Mr. Obama on Tuesday to explain why he delayed the employer mandate, which required employers of 50 or more full-time workers to provide health insurance or pay hefty fines. The delay pushed it to 2015, or after the mid-term elections.
Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, and his lieutenants said the mandate on individuals should be delayed as well. They accused the White House of picking and choosing which parts of the law get implemented.
The individual mandate was the heaviest source of controversy after the health care law passed in 2010. In June 2012, the Supreme Court upheld the requirement as permissible under Congress’ taxing authority.