The Party of No and its teabagging friends have done everything they can to convince people that not only would a public insurance option be the dreaded "socialized medicine" (like Medicare I suppose), but that most Americans would be opposed to such a thing. But that's not true at all. It's just another right-wing lie.
The lie is exposed in a good post at The Osterley Times. It seems there's a new CBS/NY Times poll, and this poll shows that 65% of the American people are in favor of a public option health insurance plan along the lines of Medicare. The fact is that Medicare has worked (even though it got tougher when Republicans tried to bankrupt the program), and the American people know that.
Meanwhile, a miniscule 26% of the population oppose having an option for public insurance. The final 9% said they had no opinion. That makes the situation very clear. If the public insurance option is not included in the final health care reform bill, it won't be because the American people don't want it.
If the public option is defeated, it'll be because too many in Congress have been bought and paid for by the private insurance companies. I urge voters to vote against any senator or representative in 2010 who votes against the public option -- regardless of whether they are Republicans or Democrats.