CNN Poll: Majority Of Americans Want The Government To Fund The Health Care Law

April 12, 2011 11:29 am ET — Meredith Kormes

Republican members of Congress like Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and even House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) have been calling to defund and repeal the Affordable Care Act, but a new CNN poll shows that 58 percent of Americans believe the "government should continue to provide funding" for the health care law. That number is up from a February 2011 CBS News poll that had 55 percent of Americans opposing efforts to cut off health care reform funding.

The CNN poll asked:

Would you favor legislation that would prevent the federal government from spending any money to implement the provisions of the new health care law that was passed last year, or do you think the federal government should continue to provide funding to implement the provisions of the new health care law?

Favor legislation to prevent spending

41%

Government should continue to provide funding

58%

No opinion

1%

Even though the public is against it, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) recently touted five House bills "that take initial steps to defund the health care law," which will soon be up for a vote. Additionally, the budget agreement reached on Friday included several provisions that move to repeal and defund the Affordable Care Act. The question now is: Will Republicans listen to what the American people want or just continue to plow ahead with their own anti-health care agenda?

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