A recent bipartisan poll conducted by GOP pollster John McLaughlin and Democratic pollster Margie Omera shows little support among American voters for new taxes included in the Affordable Care Act.
Slightly more than one third of the respondents, which included Republicans, Democrats and Independents, approved of the new excise tax set to raise $8 billion next year from health insurance providers, while 50 percent of respondents stated flatly that they opposed the tax and 12 percent were neutral.
A similar percent of respondents felt the same way about the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices that went into effect at the beginning of this year. And as for the Affordable Care Act overall, 49 percent opposed it and additional 7 percent were neutral. So it’s hardly surprising that 71 percent of the respondents of all political stripes said they supported changing, delaying, defunding or repealing the ACA.