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IN: Bayh, Health Care (PCCC 10/24-25)


Progressive Change Campaign Committee (D) / Research 2000
10/24-25/09; 600 likely voters, 4% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(PCCC release)

Indiana

Would you favor or oppose the government offering everyone a government administered health insurance plan -- something like the Medicare coverage that people 65 and older get -- that would compete with private health insurance plans?
52% Favor, 42% Oppose

Do you think adding a public option would be harmful to the people of Indiana, helpful, or make no difference?
53% Help, 40% Harm, 7% No difference

Favorable / Unfavorable
Evan Bayh: 62 / 30

If Evan Bayh voted against a strong public health insurance option as part of health care reform, would that make you more likely or less likely to vote for him in the 2010 general election or would it have no real effect on your vote?
19% More, 27% Less, 54% No effect

If Evan Bayh joined Republican senators in filibustering and killing a health care bill because it had a public option, would that make you more likely or less likely to vote for him in the 2010 general election or would it have no real effect on your vote?
18% More, 29% Less, 53% No effect

 

Comments
Aaron_in_TX:

Yet another poll showing support for the public option. When will senators get it through their thick skulls that people want it?

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Xenobion:

They need to do one in Conn with Lieberman, that guy is toast if he wasn't toast already.

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Stillow:

Why is Lieberman toast X? I thought Dems love the big tent, Lieberman shoud be welcomed with open arms....

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Wong:

Our tent is not that big. We can tolerate those members of our party who have opposing views on health care and will vote against it. What we will not tolerate are those Democrats who procedurally vote with the Republicans to thwart a legitimate up or down vote.

"Say no " Joe, who is not known for astute political calculation, may very well succeed in killing the public option for now. Reid, facing incredible pressure from the left will have no choice but to strip Joe of his Homeland Security chairmanship and his seniority.

Of course,he couldn't get elected dog catcher in Connecticut after this. He will slip into political obscurity a sad, broken figure.

What a tragedy.

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Farleftandproud:

This is a great pole. Do it in Arkansas, LA and Especially CT and just prove to people that the damage blue dog senators will do to their careers if they back down on reform.

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Farleftandproud:

I think Lieberman needs to have a physical examination with the great health care he gets from the federal government while he is doing everything to protect high priced insurance companies. Maybe he has Dimensia and should resign as senator. I think he needs to get checked out because he will at least have a good excuse for being the liar he is.

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Farleftandproud:

Just a suggestion to this polling group, please poll CT voters and ask them about supporting the public option and also ask how many people in CT think he should be stripped of his posts as a Democrat?

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Farleftandproud:

The Dems need a deadline to get 60 votes for any health care plan other than the trigger. If a fillibuster delays things and Lieberman and the Blue Dogs won't reconcile, than we can explore insurance reform.

As for these polls about what Americans want and don't want, our politicians should not pay attention to the public's views on health care reform. The public has been saturated with lies from the big insurance companies, evangelical Christian groups in some instances and a lot more. 40,000 people die a year because they can't afford to see a doctor; Obama is the president, not Olympia Snowe, not Ben Nelson and not Joe Lieberman. Time for Obama to stand with the Democratic majority as well as the majority who support health care reform.

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Farleftandproud:

And why have those groups opposed to food taxes been wasting their money with tv ads? Their argument is pretty lame because I have not heard of any politician at the federal level talk about raising taxes on juice drinks and soda. It is a non-existent issue. Nevertheless, raising taxes on alcoholic drinks to an even greater level is not a bad idea at all. America loves to drink. America does have a problem with excessive drinking though. If higher alcohol taxes could fund health care I am all for it. Canada is the only other country that has taken this step. Europe actually has low taxes on alcohol because they love to have fun and drink. It is part of the lifestyle. In Canada, however I paid nearly 3 dollars more in conversion rates than in the US.

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Farleftandproud:

Recall Lieberman and bring in Alex Baldwin.

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Farleftandproud:

Thank God Evan Bayh wasn't Obama's VP Pick. His wife is on a pro-health insurance comittee. She may not even be a Democrat. The 2004 VP pick tricked us into being a man of low character waiting for his wife to die so he could pursue a new life near hollywood, and the VP candidate before has views similar to the two guys he ran against. Biden may not be the most popular VP but I think they got something right this time. He is a man who sticks to principles.

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Farleftandproud:

Mitch Mcconnell on CNN Tonight, said that Democrats with a super majority can do anything they want on healthcare. When asked by Wolf Blitzer about how people can insure themselves, what does he suggest? He said that 11 million people are eligable for medicaid and don't bother signing up for it. I have a hard time believing that. It was a clever way of getting out of the discussion.

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