Dean: Individual mandate just "makes people mad"

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean appears on "CBS This Morning," March 26, 2012.
Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean appears on "CBS This Morning," March 26, 2012.

(CBS News) Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean thinks the Supreme Court will eventually strike down the individual mandate from President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, but doesn't expect that to sink the entire law.

The court will begin hearing arguments Monday over the constitutionality of the health care expansion, with a final ruling expected by the end of June. One of the key issues before the court will be the provision requiring all Americans to buy health care coverage by 2014.

Dean, a former presidential candidate who also chaired the Democratic National Committee from 2005 to 2009, said on "CBS This Morning" that it's "likely the individual mandate will be declared unconstitutional" but he expects the justices will sever that finding from the rest of the bill, meaning other elements, like the ban on denying people insurance based on pre-existing conditions, could remain in effect.

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"It's definitely not necessary for the bill to succeed," Dean said.

"Mandates make people mad. ... They don't like to be told what to do by government."

A CBS News/New York Times poll released Monday finds that 47 percent of Americans disapprove of Mr. Obama's health care law, with just 36 percent voicing support.

Watch Dean's full interview in the video player above