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.