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82% of Max Baucus' constituents want single payer

Okay, so it's unscientific as all get out, and charges of ballot-box stuffing are being freely bandied about, but here's an item from today's Helena [MT] Independent Record:

Last week's Question of the Week, "If there were a national referendum on single-payer health insurance for all, how would you vote? For, or against?" touched a nerve.


Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., unveiled his and the Finance Committee's health reform bill last week, but it didn't contain any provision for single payer or a government option.

An overwhelming percentage of respondents to our unscientific - and hypothetical - poll wished there was such an option.

As of Friday afternoon, 593 respondents said they would vote for a single-payer health insurance option if it were a national referendum, while 130 said they would not. That's 82 percent of the 723 respondents who would vote for single-payer.


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Submitted by Bryan on

Having read about the thousands people pay for any kind of policy, even one with large deductibles in Montana, I can believe that most people would love something like Medicare for All. They know what Medicare is, and they know it's better than what they can afford to buy for themselves.

The only thing stopping mass protests is that people don't know about HR 676.

Submitted by hipparchia on

for one thing, mike dennison's writing on single payer has been showing up regularly in the montana papers for quite some time. unlike a lot of other papers around the country.

The only thing stopping mass protests is that people don't know about HR 676.

yep. i do what i can, but i'm better at the one-to-one f2f stuff, which is an abominably slow method of getting the word out.

Submitted by hipparchia on

in which case, this is one time where the storied westerner inability to follow the rules, whether apocryphal or not, works in our favor.

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Submitted by dblhelix on

Baucus making a Tauzin-like move to Alston+Bird.

Submitted by hipparchia on

it would follow logically [daschle did it too] but i dunno, somehow that seems out of character for max.

Submitted by hipparchia on

thank you for my laugh for the day!

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Submitted by jumpjet on

He's Montana's governor. One wonders whether he might be in the mood to suggest single-payer legislation be brought up before Montana's state legislature.

It could happen. In the wild wild west that is Montana, anything can happen.

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Submitted by jumpjet on

He's a good politician with what seem to be good convictions, and he's from the West, which the Democrats have been trying to lock up electorally. I think he could be a good shot for 2016 or even for challenging Obama in 2012 if it comes to that.

Submitted by hipparchia on

way cool.

as for presidential aspirations, it will fun to keep an eye on him and see what develops. a credible challenge in 2012 from a single payer advocate, if we haven't won this by some other means before then, would be terrific.