Still Surging: Public Option Picks Up Three More Backers Including Senator Akaka

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Three more Democratic senators said on Tuesday that they would either support the public option in a Senate floor vote or were heavily leaning that way.

Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) told HuffPost that if the public insurance option comes up for a vote under reconciliation, he will vote for it it. “I would support it, yes,” he said.


That puts the number of publicly committed supporters at 38 and the number of likely supporters well into the forties. With a push from the White House, the public option is now within striking distance.

Two of those likely supporters are Sens. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.).

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