Last week, the case was made that Americans deserve a debate and a vote on health care:

Reasonable people can differ on the question of whether the health reform bill in the Senate is worth passing. Certainly, I’d strenuously disagree with people who believe health reform won’t solve our country’s health care crisis, or that the status-quo is worth preserving. However, it’s hard to put together a reasonable argument that the Senate shouldn’t at the very least talk about health care reform, or allow it to come up for a simple vote.

And indeed, America agrees. Health Care for America Now has released a poll showing that voters in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Nebraska overwhelmingly agree that the Senate should debate and have a fair, majority vote on health care.

Here’s the relevant questions, via TPMDC:

"In the Senate, before a bill can be voted on, there must be a vote to allow it to be debated," reads the first survey question. "Regardless of whether you support or oppose the health insurance reform plan itself, do you believe that it should be debated on the floor of the Senate?"

In all states, voters overwhelmingly said the Senate health care reform bill should be debated on the floor. Nebraska: 88-9, Louisiana: 82-9, Arkansas: 84-11.

"Once a bill has been debated in the Senate, Senators must then vote on whether to allow the bill itself to be voted on," HCAN asks. "Regardless of whether you support or oppose the health insurance reform plan, do you believe that Senators should allow it to be voted on."

The results are similarly striking. Nebraska: 80-14: Louisiana: 77-14, Arkansas: 77-14.

The American people are looking forward to the opening of debate on the Senate health care bill tomorrow evening. There is no excuse not to give them what they clearly want: A debate and a vote on historic health reform.

(also posted at the NOW! blog)

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Jason Rosenbaum

Jason Rosenbaum

Writer, musician, activist. Currently consulting for Bill Halter for U.S. Senate and a fellow at the New Organizing Institute.