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September 30, 2009


Intershame - Five Democratic United States Senators - Max Baucus (D-Mont), Kent Conrad (D-ND), Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark), Bill Nelson (D-Fla) and Tom Carper (D-Del) - voted against the a proposal to put a government administered public option in the health reform bill that will come out of the Senate Finance Committee. . .

When the American public was asked if they favored of opposed a government administered public health care option, [ a New York Times/CBS News poll found] Americans support the notion of a government administered health insurance plan by a margin of 65% to 26%.

According to the same poll, people who identify themselves as Democrats favor the public option by a margin of 81% to 12%. That's nearly 7 to 1 in favor of, yet the representatives of the Democrat party in the Senate Finance Committee only voted for the public option at a ratio of 8 to 5. Perhaps the most interesting number revealed by this poll is that Republican voters favor the public option 47% to 42%.

These five senators have received over $19 million from the health industry.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It defies all reason that anyone, especially Democrats, would vote against a public health option. With public opinion squarely in favor of such an option, Democrats should step up to the plate and pass one! Republicans are never going to get onboard with this; they are using the issue to try to sink Obama. (Not to mention the racial undertones of Republican opposition). And the fact that these Democrats are profiting from drug company contributions is positively criminal!

October 1, 2009 10:10 AM  

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