A majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents in Massachusetts would like to see the 2006 health care law enacted by then-Gov. Mitt Romney and the state legislature repealed and replaced with something else, according to a new survey by Magellan Strategies for NH Journal.
Romney signed the law in 2006 alongside deceased U.S. Senator and liberal lion Ted Kennedy, whom he called his “collaborator and friend.” Some of his Republican critics have attacked the plan as too liberal and Democrats have mocked Romney for inspiring President Obama’s health care reform law, which Romney opposes.
Fifty-three percent of respondents said they wanted to see the Massachusetts law repealed, while only twenty-nine percent said they wanted to keep it. Eighteen percent were undecided or unsure.
Overall the plan is unpopular with Massachusetts Republicans. Fifty-one percent have an unfavorable opinion of it (Thirty-four percent view it very unfavorably) while only thirty percent view it favorably.
The law Romney signed bears some resemblance to Obama’s health care law. For example, in both individuals are mandated to buy health insurance and both establish so-called insurance exchanges or marketplaces for government-approved health care plans. Both also subsidize coverage for people who cannot afford a health insurance plan.
Romney has called his own law, “the ultimate conservative plan.” He has called Obama’s law “an unconstitutional power grab.” Romney argues that his plan was designed to address specific problems in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and was never intended to be a model for national legislation.
Forty-two percent of respondents to the poll said they believe Romney’s health care law will harm his chances in the 2012 Republican presidential campaign. However, forty-three percent think it will make no difference and thirteen percent say is will help him.
Forty percent of respondents believe Romney is an “establishment” Republican. Thirty-seven say he is a “moderate or liberal” Republican. Thirteen percent say he is a “tea party conservative” and ten percent have no opinion.
The poll was conducted between April 25 – April 26 among 740 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents. It has a margin of error of 3.6%.