Though most Republicans oppose the federal health care law, they support many of its key provisions, according to a new Reuters-Ipsos survey. For example, 80 percent of Republicans favor creating an insurance marketplace for small businesses and individuals (yet Gov. Sam Brownback sent back federal grant money last year to help Kansas set this up). Also, 57 percent of Republicans support providing subsidies on a sliding scale to help people buy insurance, 54 percent favor requiring companies with more than 50 employees to provide insurance, and 78 percent support banning insurance companies from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions (which necessitates the individual mandate to purchase insurance). How is it that people hate the law but like what it does? “It’s another sign of the conservative messaging triumph in this fight and the failure of Dems to make the case for the law,” wrote Greg Sargent of the Washington Post. But if the Supreme Court strikes down the law, Sargent said, there might be opportunities to refocus on some of these individual reforms.
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