The Public Option: Why Not Let the Public Decide?

House Minority Leader, John Boehner (R-OH) recently stood in front of podium and declared that he has not met a single person that is in favor of a public health insurance option.  Not one.  This, despite the fact, that the most recent Quinnipiac poll shows that in Boehner’s home state of Ohio, 57% of those surveyed said that they DO support the public option.  Apparently Mr. Boehner somehow seemed to miss those folks.  Imagine that.

But this got me thinking.  If our elected leaders can’t (or won’t) articulate the wishes of the people that elected them, then there has to be a way for us, as voters, to tell them point blank what to do.  So, I thought to myself, why not create a national ballot question to appear on all ballots nationwide this Election Day.  Let the public decide once and for all if we want Congress to create a public health insurance option.  Hey, it might actually get more than 7 people to the polls, who would otherwise stay home than go out and vote for their local sheriff.

Why not put it to a national vote and make the results binding?  It’s simple – if more than 50% vote YES, then Congress would have no choice but to create a public plan.    It takes away all of the bickering…all of the lobbying….and all of the excuses.  Perhaps then, Mr. Boehner might actually find a person or two that supports the public option.    Maybe even in Ohio.

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