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article imagePoll: Voters don't want health care reform without Public Option

By Oliver VanDervoort     Dec 18, 2009 in Politics
A new poll conducted by Research 2000 has found that the public is not happy about the Health Care Reform bill in it's current state.
The poll, finds that a wide majority are opposed to a Health Care Bill that does not have either a Public Option, or a Medicare buy-in, but does require everyone to buy health insurance.
Among all respondents 56 percent oppose such a bill, compared to just 33 percent who support it. Just 37 percent of Democrats support the bill in it's current form, compared to 30 percent of Republicans and 31 percent of Independents.
However, if the bill does have a Public Option, or Medicare buy-in, the number of Democrats (88 percent) and Independents (57 percent) rises considerably. Not surprisingly, support among Republicans actually falls, to 22 percent.
"This poll shows voters in full-blown revolt against the Senate bill," said Progressive Change Campaign co-founder Stephanie Taylor. Her group is one of two who had the poll commissioned. "Only one-third of voters support mandates without a public option, while nearly two-thirds want the public option and Medicare expansion. This will be a disaster of epic proportions for Democrats in 2010 if it's not fixed -- fast." she told Huffington post.
While that's bad news for Democrats in 2010, another poll, which showed that nearly one third of Democrats would be less likely to vote should the Senate's version of the bill be adopted is even worse for a party scrambling to hold control of Washington.
The current poll also shows that while the respondents are not happy with the Senate, the lack of intervention by President Obama has been noticed. When those polled asked whether Obama should pressured Senator Joe Lieberman - who's threats to filibuster the bill caused the Public Option, and Medicare buy-in to be removed - 63 percent answered yes. Among Independents, a group of voters the Democrats badly need in order to win reelection in 2010 and 2012, 72 percent said yes, while just 18 percent said no.
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