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Will ideology win out in SCOTUS health care ruling?

January 26, 2012

The Kaiser Health Tracking Poll has released an enlightening survey indicating that Americans have little faith that partisan politics can be put aside when the Supreme Court decides on the Affordable Care Act this year.

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.

More than half (54 percent) think the court should rule against the individual mandate — still the law’s most unpopular provision by far — while just 17 percent said the court should find it constitutional. Download the report here.

Why this is important to the Network

  • Mental health challenges know now boundaries. The Children’s Mental Health Network is made up of Republicans, Democrats, Independents, you name it! So let’s not let ideology get in the way of the importance of a clear mandate about affordable health care! The issues at stake and the peoples lives that are impacted each and every day are getting lost in the political rhetoric about who is right and who is wrong. Educate, educate, educate about the value of a systems of care approach, especially as it relates to EXPANDING the array of services covered by insurance. We need a consistent mandate across all 50 states that makes a firm commitment to mental health services for children and families that are preventive, cross-system collaborative and work. And oh yes, save money in the long run!
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