Posted by | September 23, 2010 16:26 | Filed under: Top Stories

By Yashwanth Manjunath

Here is a list of the 50 current Senators who all are on the record as supporting the Public Option. During the health care debate, many Senators who claimed to support the Public Option were unwilling to take a stand on the issue because they argued that its inclusion could jeopardize the rest of the reform package. Well, the rest of the reform effort is already in the process of implementation as we speak, so those concerns no longer apply.

So what is stopping these 50 Senators from passing the Public Option as a standalone bill in the Senate using Reconciliation, with Joe Biden casting the deciding vote if necessary? The Public Option has already passed the House once, and the president claims to support it, so why are we still waiting for this to get done, especially with the November elections, after which some of these Senators will absolutely be gone? If you are as curious as I am, you can call your Senator and ask if they were serious, or if he or she was full of garbage when they said they supported the Public Option.

With insurance companies raising rates without cause and doing everything they can to wriggle their way out of the new rules and regulations, it’s clear now more than ever that we desperately need the Public Option to hold the insurance companies truly accountable.

Phone Number Senator State Comment
(202) 224-6361 Akaka HI Signed Oct 8 letter demanding public option
(202) 224-2651 Baucus MT Said reason for voting against on Senate Finance was the need for 60 votes
(202) 224-5852 Bennet CO Signed Oct 8 letter demanding public option
(202) 224-5521 Bingaman NM Voted for Schumer’s “level playing field” public option on Senate Finance
(202) 224-3553 Boxer CA Signed Oct 8 letter demanding public option
(202) 224-2351 Brown OH Voted for HELP Committee public option
(202) 224-2854 Burris IL Signed Oct 8 letter demanding public option
       
(202) 224-3441 Cantwell WA Voted for Schumer level playing field on Senate Finance
(202) 224-4524 Cardin MD Voted for Kennedy resolution demanding public option in May
(202) 224-2441 Carper DE Voted for Schumer’s “level playing field” public option on Senate Finance
(202) 224-6324 Casey PA Signed Oct 8 letter demanding public option
(202) 224-2823 Dodd CT Voted for HELP Committee public option
(202) 224-2551 Dorgan ND I do believe that some sort of public option needs to be part of the proposal, along with a focus on bringing down health care costs and prevention.
(202) 224-2152 Durbin IL Voted for Kennedy resolution demanding public option in May
(202) 224-5323 Feingold WI Signed Oct 8 letter demanding public option
(202) 224-3841 Feinstein CA Signed Oct 8 letter demanding public option
(202) 224-5641 Franken MN Signed Oct 8 letter demanding public option
(202) 224-4451 Gillibrand NY Signed Oct 8 letter demanding public option
(202) 224-6342 Hagan NC Voted for HELP Committee public option
(202) 224-3254 Harkin IA Voted for HELP Committee public option
(202) 224-3934 Inouye HI Signed Oct 8 letter demanding public option
(202) 224-5842 Johnson SD I asked, “What about the bill are you opposed to?” He replied, “That it doesn’t have a robust public option”.a
(202) 224-5042 Kaufman DE Signed Oct 8 letter demanding public option
(202) 224-2742 Kerry MA Signed Oct 8 letter demanding public option
(202) 224-3244 Klobuchar MN “I would prefer a public option that would be a competitive option that would allow people to buy into a Federal Employee Health Benefits Program, which is a series of private plans.”
(202) 224-5653 Kohl WI Signed Oct 8 letter demanding public option
(202) 224-3224 Lautenberg NJ Signed Oct 8 letter demanding public option
(202) 224-4242 Leahy VT Voted for Kennedy resolution demanding public option in May
(202) 224-6221 Levin MI Voted for Kennedy resolution demanding public option in May
(202) 224-6154 McCaskill MO Voted for Schumer’s level playing field on Senate Finance
(202) 224-4744 Menendez NJ Voted for Schumer level playing field on Senate Finance
(202) 224-3753 Merkley OR Signed Oct 8 letter demanding public option
(202) 224-4654 Mikulski MD Signed Oct 8 letter demanding public option
(202) 224-2621 Murray WA Voted for HELP Committee public option
(202) 224-5274 Nelson (Bill) FL Voted for Schumer’s “level playing field” public option on Senate Finance
(202) 224-4642 Reed RI Signed Oct 8 letter demanding public option
(202) 224-3542 Reid NV “I’ve told people, whoever will listen, that I am in favor of the public option.”
(202) 224-6472 Rockefeller WV Voted for Schumer Level Playing Field public option on Senate Finance Committee
(202) 224-5141 Sanders VT Voted for HELP Committee public option
(202) 224-6542 Schumer NY Sponsor of Schumer Amendment
(202) 224-2841 Shaheen NH Voted for Kennedy resolution demanding public option in May
(202) 224-4254 Specter PA Signed Oct 8 letter demanding public option
(202) 224-4822 Stabenow MI Voted for Schumer’s level playing field on Senate Finance
(202) 224-2644 Tester MT “We need competition, and if we get a public option that will help Montana. I will support it.”
(202) 224-5941 Udall CO “I support the President’s plan to include the public option as a tool help reform our broken health care system. But above all, any reform must be done in a deficit-neutral way and must provide choice, stability and security for those who have insurance.”
(202) 224-6621 Udall NM Voted for Kennedy resolution demanding public option in May
(202) 224-2023 Warner VA “It’s not a make or break thing–he wants to see a health reform bill that contains costs, and if it includes a public option…he would vote for it.”
(202) 224-4024 Webb VA Told the Huffington Post he is open to a public health care option.
(202) 224-2921 Whitehouse RI Signed Oct 8 letter demanding public option
(202) 224-5244 Wyden OR

Signed Oct 8 letter demanding public option

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