Last night we polled our list about what was important to them in a health care bill.   There have been 14,404 responses so far:

Please rank the importance of the following statements for
you to support the health care reform bill.
Not Very
Important
Not
Important
Neutral Important Very
Important
Response
Must remove mandate which forces
people to buy insurance from private
companies or face a penalty.
5.6%
(798)
4.8%
(679)
13.2%
(1,874)
21.4%
(3,053)
55.0%
(7,839)
14,243
Must include a public option. 3.5%
(498)
1.0%
(147)
3.8%
(545)
13.9%
(1,990)
77.8%
(11,146)
14,326
Must remove restrictions on abortion
access and coverage.
5.4%
(775)
2.6%
(371)
12.3%
(1,751)
24.5%
(3,496)
55.2%
(7,887)
14,280
Must have a national exchange of
insurance plans.
3.1%
(430)
2.6%
(364)
19.4%
(2,727)
31.7%
(4,452)
43.3%
(6,090)
14,063
Must remove tax on middle class
health care plans.
2.5%
(359)
3.4%
(481)
14.6%
(2,075)
25.8%
(3,660)
53.7%
(7,637)
14,212
Must include a mandate for employers
to provide insurance coverage for their
workers.
6.3%
(893)
6.0%
(856)
26.8%
(3,796)
32.0%
(4,527)
28.8%
(4,084)
14,156
Must remove anti-trust exemption for
insurance companies.
2.2%
(311)
1.0%
(141)
4.5%
(639)
13.3%
(1,893)
79.0%
(11,230)
14,214

Despite being dismissed by the punditocracy as “irrelevant,” clearly the public option is still extremely important to our community, second only to the removal of the anti-trust exemption.

We then asked if people felt that Democrats should face primary challengers for voting in favor of various aspects of the Senate bill:

Please rate your agreement with
whether Democrats should face primary
challenges based on the following situations
Strongly
Disagree
Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly
Agree
Response
Count
Democrats who vote for a health insurance
mandate with penalties should face a
primary challenges
7.6%
(1,068)
9.1%
(1,281)
19.5%
(2,753)
25.5%
(3,605)
38.3%
(5,407)
14,114
Democrats who vote to restrict insurance
coverage for abortion, even if the woman
pays for the coverage with her own money,
should face a primary challenge
4.5%
(645)
3.6%
(512)
9.6%
(1,362)
23.1%
(3,282)
59.2%
(8,413)
14,214
Democrats who break their pledge to
oppose any bill that does not contain a
public option should face a primary challenge
5.1%
(727)
6.2%
(876)
12.4%
(1,758)
22.1%
(3,138)
54.2%
(7,678)
14,177
Democrats should not face primary
challenges for voting for any of the above
49.7%
(6,805)
24.4%
(3,346)
13.5%
(1,844)
5.6%
(767)
6.8%
(937)
13,699

Only 12.4% believe Democrats should face no primary challenge for voting for this bill (Agree/Strongly Agree), while 74.1% think they should (Disagree/strongly disagree). Regarding the individual issues that should trigger a primary challenge (agree/strongly agree):  Voting for the mandate (63.8%), voting to restrict abortion coverage (82.3%), or voting against the public option (76.3%).

I’ve heard some chatter that the reason the House wants to delay passage of a health care bill is to get past many of the primary filing deadlines out of fear that a vote for these provisions will be unpopular and trigger enthusiasm for primary challenges.  I didn’t put much stock in it at the time, but looking at these figures it may well be true.