A new poll suggests that voters are not pleased by the idea of
health insurance mandates without a public option or a Medicare
Conducted by Research 2000 for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), the survey
finds only 33 percent of likely voters favor a health care bill that
does not include a public health insurance option and does not expand
Medicare, but does require all Americans to get health insurance.
Slightly more Democrats -- 37 percent -- favor the idea, while only 30
percent of Republicans and 31 percent of independents do.
Meanwhile, if the public option and Medicare buy-in are added, 58
percent of people support the idea. The number of Republican supporters
drops to 22 percent, but independent support rises to 57 percent and
Democratic support to a whopping 88 percent.
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"This poll shows voters in full-blown revolt against the Senate
bill," said PCCC co-founder Stephanie Taylor. "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."
Another recent poll commissioned by the PCCC found that one third of Democrats are less likely to vote in 2010 if the health care bill does not contain a public option.