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Right wingnuts aside, people want a public option as a part of health care reform. They understand what it will do – cover people who can’t get health insurance now at a cost they can afford and at the same time holding down overall health care costs. That’s considered a good thing by people who aren’t batshit crazy.

Poll: Majority Want Public Option More Than They Want Bipartisan Bill

And in Warrensburg, Missouri the local paper is conducting an online “poll” (it’s not scientific):

Should health care reform include a public option versus only private coverage?

As of this writing “Yes” is getting 62% of the responses.

Uh, Claire, the teabaggers of August have run their course. They have never voted for you and they never will. And they’re in a very small minority.

Senator Claire McCaskill (D) yesterday via Twitter:

I’m confident that we will have plenty of time to examine bill before Senate debate. It will be posted on internet too. about 9 hours ago from web

I’m for a public option, as I have said here many times. @msstagabout 9 hours ago from web

I’m not sure that everyone understands that a public option will only be available to those who don’t have insurance coverage, not everyone. about 9 hours ago from web

Is that so insurance companies continue to price gouge everyone else?

And there has to be a limit on federal $ to public option, with same rules as private companies that will be available to choose from. about 9 hours ago from web

I’m waiting for the proviso that any public option must have a 30% overhead cost so as not to put insurance companies at any disadvantage.

We’re all just hoping that Claire’s legislative impact on health care reform doesn’t cause a similar result to her legislative impact on cutting back the stimulus. And we’ll be watching those votes.