2.26.2010

Voters Support Public Option AND Reconciliation to Get It

Adam Green from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee sent out this email today. How Democrats haven't gotten the message on this by now is beyond normal comprehension.



Voters support reconciliation on a good bill -- and want senators to fight for the public option in reconciliation.

In state after state, people are perfectly fine with reconciliation for a bill they support. Reconciliation is not inherently seen as corrupt or bad:

• NV - Reid: 55% favor reconciliation to 36% oppose (Independents 64% favor to 23% oppose)
• IL - Durbin: 67% to 26% (Independents 81% to 17%)
• IA - Harkin: 66% to 29% (Independents 83% to 14%)
• WA - Murray/Cantwell: 65% to 25% (Independents 76% to 15%)
• MO - McCaskill: 58% to 35% (Independents 73% to 20%)
• ND - Dorgan/Conrad: 53% to 36% (Independents 66% to 20%)
• VA - Webb/Warner: 60% to 32% (Independents 74% to 17%)

If reconciliation is used, should [SENATOR] fight to include a public health insurance option? In state after state, by large margins, more voters said yes than no:

• NV - Reid: 52% yes to 41% no. (Independents 58% yes to 33% no)
• IL - Durbin: 42% to 7% (Independents 44% to 6%)
• IA - Harkin: 39% yes to 12% (Independents 40% to 12%)
• WA - Murray/Cantwell: 44% to 9% (Independents 48% to 7%)
• MO - McCaskill: 37% yes to 15% (Independents 38% to 12%)
• ND - Dorgan/Conrad 34% to 21% (Independents 33% to 20%)
• VA - Webb/Warner: 43% to 14% (Independents 45% to 11%)

Stephanie Taylor, PCCC co-founder:
"Voters overwhelmingly favor passing a good bill through reconciliation. In state after state, the current Senate bill only has about 30% approval while the public option has about 60% approval. So it's in the best interest of Senate Democrats to embrace the public option vocally, own it, and make health care reform synonymous with the public option in voters' minds."
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