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February 22, 2010

Public Option Dramatically More Popular Than Senate Bill – So Obama Pushes Senate Bill Without Public Option

Posted in: healthcare

New Research 2000 polling by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee shows that the Senate health care bill is very unpopular–but the public option is extremely popular (via Greg Sargent, full results):

* In Nevada, only 34% support the Senate bill, while 56% support the public option.

* In Illinois, only 37% support the Senate bill, while 68% support the public option.

* In Washington State, only 38% support the Senate bill, while 65% support the public option.

* In Missouri, only 33% support the Senate bill, while 57% support the public option.

* In Virginia, only 36% support the Senate bill, while 61% support the public option.

* In Iowa, only 35% support the Senate bill, while 62% support the public option.

*In Minnesota, only 35% support the Senate bill, while 62% support the public option.

*In Colorado, only 32% support the Senate bill, while 58% support the public option.

Looking at these numbers, it is mind boggling that the White House decided the path forward on health care reform is to try to basically push the current Senate bill, almost unchanged, while trying to stop the public option from being included. It is an unbelievable act of political malpractice. A five-year-old could do a better job seeing what the right political play should be.

Only in our broken “democracy” could the opinion of a handful of lobbyists representing one of the most unpopular industries in American have more sway than the opinion of roughly 65% of Americans. The American people have spoken loud and clear about what they want from health care reform, and it is a public option. The Congressional Democrats have decided they would rather be friends with insurance CEOs, instead of delivering on what they promised and know their constituents want. With such behavior, no one should be shocked that the incumbent Congressional Democrats are heading toward a midterm electoral blood bath.


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