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Poll underscores danger for Republicans should the Supreme Court gut ObamaCare

Nearly two-thirds of Americans want Congress to guarantee ObamaCare's subsidies should the Supreme Court strike them down over a technicality, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Wednesday.

In the case of King v. Burwell, the high court is weighing whether the Affordable Care Act was written in such a way that it only allows subsidies in states that set up their own insurance exchanges. Most states relied on the federal marketplace, and could thus be iced out.

Republicans have banked on the court gutting the law, believing that such a decision would allow them to have a "do-over," as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) put it. But as the poll shows, the GOP would face strong public pressure in that scenario to restore the subsidies, making a drastic "do-over" no easy task.