Will Healthcare Ruling Cause Some Republicans To Switch Sides?

Now that the law has been upheld, are people moving to support the president in the November election?

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People march in support of the Obama administration's health care act.

A post that appeared on social news site Reddit just hours after the Supreme Court healthcare ruling caught Whispers' eye Friday:

"I am Republican, prepared to vote for Obama. I... never voted for a Democratic president."

The Redditor went on to explain that after years of consistent insurance coverage, insurance company Blue Cross/Blue Shield suddenly refused to cover some care for his wife because of a thyroid issue. "It is ridiculous! I support Obama in his efforts to change this about our healthcare system," he wrote.

Is this man the outlier, or an indicator of how the Supreme Court ruling could actually swing the vote for Obama?

Pollster Scott Rasmussen told Whispers he believes that kind of change is unlikely, not just because the law is deeply unpopular, but also because most Americans have not yet been impacted by it.

But Linda Killian, who wrote the book "Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents," told Whispers there could be a small impact among the swing vote.

"For those who have had a bad experience with healthcare, this [ruling] will mean a lot for them," she said.

Among the hundreds of reactions to the Reddit post was a comment by an independent voter who became a registered Democrat, and another registered Republican who said he would vote for Obama—both over the issue of healthcare.

A Gallup poll released Friday afternoon showed that, at least for now, a slight majority of independents support the Supreme Court's decision. While some 45 percent agree with the ruling, 42 percent disagree.

"After weighing options," tweeted a California entrepreneur and apparent swing voter Thursday, "this independent voter is siding with the President Obama on healthcare... Tomorrow will hurt Republicans."

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  • Elizabeth Flock is a staff writer for U.S. News & World Report. You can contact her at eflock@usnews.com or follow her on Twitter and Facebook.