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February 29. 2012 10:12PM

Mandate Rejected: Voters say it's unconstitutional

It should come as no surprise that yet another poll, this one from USA Today/Gallup, shows that three-quarters of registered voters believe the Obamacare mandate that every American carry health insurance is unconstitutional.

Particularly interesting is the fact that voters in the key political battleground states, including New Hampshire, are even more likely to want the requirement repealed.

The poll found that 53 percent of voters polled in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin favor repealing the law if a Republican is elected President in November.

What bears serious contemplation is whether that finding contains a partial explanation behind the continuing inability of Mitt Romney to close the deal in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. If so many voters in so many key political battlegrounds do NOT support the Obamacare mandate are they also rejecting or questioning Romney and his Massachusetts health care plan support?

Given his role in Massachusetts, can it be that some voters, perhaps many voters, just don't believe his commitment to repeal the Obamacare mandate?

When a majority of voters — 50 percent nationwide and 53 percent in battleground states — say the law is bad, it cannot escape being a major issue in the presidential campaign. More than 40 percent of those polled, in a USA Today/Gallup organization poll, feel the law thus far hasn't had an effect on them or their families, but believe it ultimately will make things worse.

As Obama continues to tout the health care law as a signature achievement of his administration, it becomes imperative for the Republicans to draw a sharp and unquestionable distinction between his positions — and theirs. There can be no room for doubt, no hedging.

The healthcare mandate IS symbolic of Obama's goal to move this nation further down the road to socialism — and, ultimately, toward the economic chaos evident in more than a few European nations too.

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