66% for the public option in WA 3

Possibly not what they expected when they asked the question.

Washington’s 3rd congressional district, the one with an open seat this year (currently held by Democrat Brian Baird) is the one anchored by Vancouver to the south and Olympia to the north, but considered politically marginal and maybe bearing a slight Republican tilt. There is at least plenty of good evidence for thinking so.

Which makes this, from the Columbian political blog, worth note:

Voters were asked whether they favored or opposed the reform bill passed by the U.S. Senate in December — a bill that lacked a public option. Just 39 percent of 3rd District residents said they favored the Senate bill, while 54 percent opposed it and 7 percent were undecided.

In a follow-up question, voters were asked whether they would favor or oppose “the national government offering everyone the choice of buying into 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.” A whopping 66 percent favored the idea; 24 percent opposed it, and 10 percent were undecided.

Once again: If you’re going to talk about the unpopularity of the current health care legislation, it’s very important to talk about why that is.

The bloggers at Horse’s Ass picked it up and delivered some useful comments on the point and benefits – or lack thereof – in being what is commonly considered a Democratic “moderate” today.

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