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A few more answers from our Senators: Gillibrand and Cantwell

We’ve gotten a few more answers in on the four questions Democracy for America, Open Left, and Health Care for America Now have been asking Senators. Here’s what we’ve been asking:

  • Do you support a public healthcare option as part of reform?
  • Do you support a public healthcare option that is ready on day one?
  • Do you support a public healthcare option that is national, available everywhere, and accountable to our government?
  • Do you support a public healthcare option that has the clout to establish rates with providers and big drug companies?

First up, Senator Gillibrand from New York. We have been waiting for an answer to question four from Senator Gillibrand, and in her interview with Howard Dean last week, we got it. Watch:

Gillibrand clearly endorses a Medicare-like public healthcare option in this video, and Medicare has the clout to establish rates with providers, so Senator Gillibrand is a yes for question four.

Senator Cantwell from Washington has also sent a letter back to a constituent, answering three out of four questions. Here is the relevent paragraph:

Let me be clear: a public option needs to be part of health care reform. I am pushing for a public option that will keep insurance companies honest by competing to drive down costs and improve quality nation-wide. This plan needs to be accountable to the people and must work to provide the best coverage for the best price.

She supports a national public option that can establish rates, thus providing the "best price" for health coverage.

We’ve also received an answer of "maybe" on all questions from Senator Begich of Alaska.

Let’s keep those answers coming! Click here to email your Senators and ask them where they stand.

The updated chart of supporters and opposition is below.

Likely Supporters

STATE/SENATOR Public Option? Available Day One? Nationally Available? Can Bargain for Rates?
AK – Begich (D) Maybe (via email) Maybe (via email) Maybe (via email) Maybe (via email)
AR – Lincoln (D) Maybe Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email)
AR – Pryor (D) Maybe Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email)
CA – Boxer (D) Yes Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email)
CA – Feinstein (D) Yes Yes Maybe Dodges (via email)
CO – Bennet (D) Yes Dodges (via email) Maybe Dodges (via email)
CO – Udall (D) Yes Dodges (via email) Maybe Dodges (via email)
CT- Dodd (D) Yes Yes (supporting HELP bill) Yes (supporting HELP bill) Yes (supporting HELP bill)
CT – Lieberman (I) No Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email)
DE – Carper (D) Maybe      
DE – Kaufman (D) Yes      
FL – Bill Nelson (D) Maybe (via email) Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email)
GA – Isakson (R) Maybe Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email)
HI – Akaka (D) Yes      
HI – Inouye (D) Yes      
IA – Harkin (D) Yes Yes (supporting HELP bill) Yes (supporting HELP bill) Yes (supporting HELP bill)
IL – Burris (D) Yes Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email)
IL – Durbin (D) Yes Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email)
IN – Bayh (D) Maybe Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email)
LA – Landrieu (D) Maybe No No No
MA – Kerry (D) Yes Yes Yes Yes
MA – Kennedy (D) Yes Yes (supporting HELP bill) Yes (supporting HELP bill) Yes (supporting HELP bill)
MD – Cardin (D) Yes Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email)
MD – Mikulski (D) Yes Yes (supporting HELP bill) Yes (supporting HELP bill) Yes (supporting HELP bill)
ME – Collins (R) No Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email)
ME – Snowe (R) Maybe      
MI – Levin (D) Yes Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email)
MI – Stabenow (D) Yes      
MN – Franken (D) Yes (HCAN signer)      
MN – Klobuchar (D) Unknown      
MO – McCaskill (D) Yes Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email)
MT – Baucus (D) Maybe      
MT – Tester (D) Maybe Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email)
NC – Hagan (D) Yes Yes (supporting HELP bill) Yes (supporting HELP bill) Yes (supporting HELP bill)
ND – Conrad (D) Maybe Yes No Yes
ND – Dorgan (D) Yes Maybe Yes Yes
NE – Ben Nelson (D) Maybe      
NH – Shaheen (D) Yes Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email)
NJ – Lautenberg (D) Yes Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email)
NJ – Menendez (D) Yes Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email)
NM – Bingaman (D) Yes Yes (supporting HELP bill) Yes (supporting HELP bill) Yes (supporting HELP bill)
NM – Udall (D) Yes Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email)
NV – Reid (D) Yes      
NY – Gillibrand (D) Yes Yes Yes Yes
NY – Schumer (D) Yes Yes Yes  
OH – Brown (D) Yes Yes (supporting HELP bill) Yes Yes (supporting HELP bill)
OR – Merkley (D) Yes Yes (via email) Yes (via email) Yes (via email)
OR – Wyden (D) Maybe Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email)
PA – Casey (D) Yes Yes (supporting HELP bill) Yes (supporting HELP bill) Yes (supporting HELP bill)
PA – Specter (D) Yes Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email)
RI – Reed (D) Yes Yes (supporting HELP bill) Yes (supporting HELP bill) Yes (supporting HELP bill)
RI – Whitehouse (D) Yes      
SD – Johnson (D) Unknown      
VA – Warner (D) Maybe Dodges (via email) No Dodges (via email)
VA – Webb (D) Yes      
VT – Leahy (D) Yes      
VT – Sanders (I) Yes Yes Yes (supporting HELP bill) Yes (supporting HELP bill)
WA – Cantwell (D) Yes Dodges (via email) Yes Yes
WA – Murray (D) Yes Yes (supporting HELP bill) Yes (supporting HELP bill) Yes (supporting HELP bill))
WI – Feingold (D) Yes Yes Yes Yes
WI – Kohl (D) Maybe (via email) Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email)
WV – Byrd (D) Unknown      
WV – Rockefeller (D) Yes   Yes  

Likely Opposition

STATE/SENATOR Public Option? Available Day One? Nationally Available? Can Bargain for Rates?
AK – Murkowski (R)        
AL – Sessions (R)        
AL – Shelby (R) No
AZ – Kyl (R) No
AZ – McCain (R) No
FL – Martinez (R) No (via email)
GA – Chambliss (R) Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email)
IA – Grassley (R) No
ID – Crapo (R) No
ID – Risch (R)        
IN – Lugar (R) Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email) Dodges (via email)
KS – Brownback (R) No
KS – Roberts (R) No
KY – Bunning (R) No
KY – McConnell (R) No
LA – Vitter (R)        
MO – Bond (R)        
MS – Cochran (R)        
MS – Wicker (R) No
NC – Burr (R) No
NE – Johanns (R) No
NH – Gregg (R) No
NV – Ensign (R) No
OH – Voinovich (R)        
OK – Coburn (R) No
OK – Inhofe (R)        
SC – Demint (R) No
SC – Graham (R) No
SD – Thune (R)        
TN – Alexander (R) No
TN – Corker (R) No
TX – Cornyn (R) No
TX – Hutchinson (R) No
UT – Bennett (R) No
UT – Hatch (R) No
WY – Barrasso (R) No
WY – Enzi (R) No

(also posted at the NOW! blog)

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