We already knew that a majority of Americans support the inclusion of a public health insurance option in the final health care reform bill.
But now that the results of our online poll are in, something else is now clear: the American people who voted for change last November will settle for nothing less than a robust public option.
Over 80,000 people have responded to our poll, proving Americans know the difference between a strong public option and a weak one -- and a weak one just won't do.
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Our poll results show that Americans want the strongest possible public option that can pass the Congress:
- Four out of five survey respondents voiced full support for a "50 state public option."
- A majority of respondents voiced moderate to high support for a public option that includes a state "opt-out" provision.
- Roughly three out of four survey respondents voiced little or no support for a public option bill that requires states to "opt-in" before they can participate, and
- Only 12% of respondents voiced moderate to full support for a so-called "trigger," with 65% completely opposed to such a compromise.
I am sharing these results with my colleagues in the Senate this week. If any member of the Democratic caucus thinks no one will notice the absence of a robust public option in the final health care reform bill, they have another thing coming.
I hope you'll take a moment to review the results of our poll as I continue pushing for the strongest possible public health insurance option to pass the Congress. Your feedback will no doubt help me make the case that Americans demand a public health insurance option that is made available to Americans in all 50 states starting on day one.
Thank you for your engagement on this critical issue.Sincerely,