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Rasmussen Poll: Most Americans Oppose ACA’s Individual Mandate.


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By Cathy Burke

A majority of Americans are dead-set against Obamacare‘s individual mandate requiring everyone to obtain health insurance, a Rasmussen poll shows.

Fifty-eight percent of those surveyed opposed the individual mandate, the highest level of opposition yet, said the poll, which was released Monday.

The telephone poll found that 33 percent support the mandate.

Republicans registered the strongest opposition: 84 percent oppose the individual mandate; 57 percent of Democrats favor it.

Most people have bucked the individual mandate from the start, the pollsters noted, with 60 percent of those surveyed saying in November 2011 that the government doesn’t have the authority to force the mandate.

In June 2012, the Supreme Court upheld the law’s constitutionality.

The poll also found strongly negative opinions of the law itself.

Thirty-five percent favor a single-payer healthcare system in which the federal government provides coverage for everyone; 47 percent oppose a government-run healthcare system, down from 51 percent in November.

The survey was conducted Dec. 14-15 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

In another recent survey, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that just 24 percent of uninsured people thought Obamacare was a good thing; half said they thought it was a bad idea, an 11 point drop in support for the law since September among the very population the law is intended to help.

The same poll also found that 56 percent of the uninsured say the law will have a negative effect on the healthcare system.

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Boehner’s Advice: Begin Your Day With Breakfast at a Diner.


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House Speaker John Boehner suggests to Esquire magazine readers that they have breakfast at a diner.

The men’s magazine asked the Ohio Republican for a recommendation for its readers for January. 

Boehner doesn’t name his favorite diner in the article, but it is well known among Washington politicians as Pete’s.

“Most mornings when I’m in Washington, I have breakfast at the same place,” Boehner said. “It’s a diner.

“I get up early and go for a walk, and then stop by the diner on my way back to my apartment to read the news on my iPad and a stack of memos to prepare for the day,” Boehner said Tuesday. “It’s a comforting ritual, particularly in the dead of winter.”

The diner, the speaker said, reminds him of the bar his father owned while he was growing up in Ohio.

“I’ve been going there for years, and the staff all know me,” Boehner said. “They’re mostly immigrants from China and Vietnam. They don’t make a fuss over me — and they never talk to the reporters who come to snoop around every now and again.

“I sit at the counter in jeans and a ball cap,” he continued, adding that his usual meal is “eggs, and sometimes sausage, but never on Fridays.”

He also doesn’t order the bacon.

“My diner makes lousy bacon. I don’t know why,” he said.

“I’m always looking for new diners, and when I find one I like, I stick with it.

“It’s an anchor to my day, a way to feel like I’m home in Ohio no matter where I am,” the speaker said. “That’s why I endorse breakfast at a diner.”

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