Californians are split over the U.S. Supreme Court's decision today (6/28) regarding President Obama's Affordable Care Act, but the Central Valley is firmly against it and local respondents are pessimistic about the future of their health care.
Those are the results of a new and exclusive Action News Poll conducted by SurveyUSA immediately following the news of the Justices' 5-4 decision on what many commonly refer to as "Obama-Care".
SurveyUSA asked 514 respondents in California if they agreed or disagreed with the Court's ruling that key provisions of the health care reform law are constitutional.
The results: 44% Agree, 45% Disagree, 11% said they don't know enough to say.
No split decision here in the Central Valley: 32% Agree, but a majority of 57% Disagree, with 11% not knowing enough to say.
According to the Action News Poll... California Democrats support the Supreme Court decision, but state Republicans oppose it with those identifying themselves as Conservatives strongly against it (74%).
Pollsters also asked "As a result of this Supreme Court ruling, will the health care you personally receive, get better, get worse, or stay the same?" Not much optimism in the answers:
23% Get Better, 38% Get Worse, Stay About the Same 34%, Not Sure 5%.
Nearly half of those responding in the Central Valley seem to be worried about their future health care:
24% Get Better, 49% Get Worse, 20% Stay About the Same, 7% Not Sure.
Overall, 48% of those responding believe their personal health care will get more expensive... with 31% saying it will stay the same. In the Central Valley, 60% think their health care will grow more expensive... with only 17% saying it will stay the same.
Points of interest: 86% of those responding in this Action News Poll say they have health insurance... while 77% here in the Central Valley report having health insurance.
Also, Liberals in the poll believe the U.S. Supreme Court has integrity, but Conservatives say the Supreme Court lacks integrity.
Obviously, the Supreme Court ruling and health care debate will rage on heading into the November election. Here's a sample of how the 16th Congressional District candidates are responding:
Democrat Jim Costa: "Health reform was not a perfect bill, but the status quo was unacceptable. Now that the court has ruled, we must come together in a bipartisan fashion to do the hard work of examining health reform to see what works and to improve or replace what doesn't."
Republican Brian Whelan: "While the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court now resolves the argument as to whether Obama Care is constitutional, it does not resolve the more concerning issues of whether the bill is a good law for American working families and small businesses. The fact remains Obama Care is an unfunded mandate that will spend more than $2 trillion over a decade but will do nothing to tame exploding health care costs."
Click the image for complete results for this poll, including crosstabs.