The Public Option is the Only Option (for Health Care Insurance Reform)
(Today’s Dialogue show included a pledge drive for WPFW.)
1.Ã‚Â Public support for public option is at an astounding 83%, including 53% who strongly support it
(See Figure 3.)
This poll was not financed by any progressive groups.Ã‚Â It was financed by large major corporations, AARP, and Blue Cross!!!!Ã‚Â Full list:Ã‚Â AARP, American Express, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Buck Consultants, Chevron, Deere & Company, IBM, Mercer, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Principal Financial Group, Schering-Plough Corp., Shell Oil Company, The Commonwealth Fund, and Towers Perrin.
So, if anything, the 83% number is LOW!
2. We have 52 solid Senate votes in support of a public option.
Why should we back down?Ã‚Â We have the majority.
a. We may well reach 60.
b. If not, we may get 60 to block the filibuster with Dems not on board at least voting for cloture.
c. And if that all fails, we have reconciliation which requires 50.
So we will win one way or the other in the Senate.
And in the House, it’s a done deal.