There is no “majority” support for killing the public option, there never has been. In a health care poll by SurveyUSA on August 19, questions included the following:
“In any health care proposal, how important do you feel it is to give people a choice of both a public plan administered by the federal government and a private plan for their health insurance–extremely important, quite important, not that important, or not at all important?”
|Not That Important||7%||6%||6%|
|Not At All Important||15%||6%||22%|
The poll was a recap of questions asked in an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll in June. Results were virtually the same in both polls.
We keep hearing that there aren’t enough votes in the Senate to pass a bill with a public insurance option. Bunk! Democrats hold a 60-vote majority in the Senate. Just go ahead and pass a strong bill that includes a public option. I want to see the Democratic senator who has the balls to stand up on the floor of the Senate and dis on a Democratic health care bill and help to defeat it. Let him go home and explain to the 75% of his electorate, who support a public option, why he helped kill health care reform. Ain’t going to happen.
We’ve spent enough time debating and trying to come up with bipartisan solutions. The people we are arguing with have no concept of debate. They have not offered a single plausible idea to deal with the crisis. These are the people who believe that calling the president Hitler and comparing their opposition to Fascists is reasonable political discourse. They seem to think that carrying automatic weapons to a political rally makes some kind of rational statement. They substitute screaming at the top of their lungs for dialogue. Their leaders will continue to push myths and falsehoods that even they themselves don’t believe, not because they oppose health care reform, but because they oppose Barack Obama.