More than two-thirds of Americans hope the Supreme Court will overturn some or all of the 2010 health care law, according to a new poll conducted by The New York Times and CBS News. Just 24 percent said they hoped the court “would keep the entire health care law in place.”Progressives commenting on the article make some good points: much of the 68% that want the Supreme Court to strike down Obamacare (at least in part) are primarily upset about the individual mandate, and the rest of the law doesn't make much sense without the individual mandate. But doesn't that suggest that the rest of Obamacare isn't well-designed if it all collapses without the individual mandate? Worse, I understand that the legal wizards of the Democratic Party neglected to include a severability clause, so if the Court finds one part unconstitutional, the whole law (at least, in theory) should be struck down.
Another progressive objection is that much of the 68% that disapproves of Obamacare doesn't really understand it. Doubtless true. And doubtless true of the 24% that approve of it. There is enormous ignorance about the details. I have actually read through about 5% of the pages of this 2800 page montrosity, trying to figure out what all the moving parts do. I am not at all surprised that most Americans don't really understand it. I rather doubt that more than ten people in the whole country fully understand Obamacare in all its complexity. Usually, that's a sign that you made something too complicated. Start over. Do it right this time, picking individual components of the problem, and passing solutions one part at a time.