Americans want the president and Congress to get to work on a new bill to change the health care system if the Supreme Court strikes down President Barack Obama’s 2010 overhaul as unconstitutional, a new poll finds.

An Associated Press poll shows that 77 percent of Americans do not want their political leaders to leave the health care system alone in the event the court throws out the health care law.  Large majorities of both opponents and backers of the law share the view that Congress and the president should undertake a new effort.  Only 19 percent of Americans want lawmakers to leave health care the way it is.

The lowest level of support for new health care legislation comes from people who identify themselves as strong supporters of the Tea Party. Even in that group, though, nearly 60 percent favor work on a new bill.

The call for new legislation comes even as just a third of Americans support the landmark health care law. The overall level of support for the law is unchanged in recent months, with 47 percent opposing it. But among independents, only 21 percent approve of the law.

Most of the law’s major changes have yet to take effect, including the requirement that most people have health insurance or pay a penalty. The insurance mandate has been among the least popular aspects of the law.  Provisions that have gone into effect and have proven popular include extended coverage for young adults on their parents’ insurance and relief for seniors with high prescription drug costs.

The high court’s ruling on the health care law is expected Thursday, June 28th and both sides of the political aisle are gearing up for the fallout. House Republicans are prepared to hold votes on repealing the full legislation while crafting bills to protect the more popular aspects of the law. Congressional Democrats, meanwhile, have had little communication with the White House on the issue, but the administration is considering how to salvage many of the law’s reforms if the individual mandate is declared unconstitutional.

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