Well this is interesting.

After all the raucous town hall meetings, the truth is revealed: voters’ support of any health care reform collapses without the public option being a part of the plan.

Just 34% of voters nationwide support the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats if the so-called “public option” is removed. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 57% oppose the plan if it doesn’t include a government-run health insurance plan to compete with private insurers.

This strikes at the heart of what I was writing about a few weeks ago. If everyone is pleased with the “solution” to a gargantuan problem like reforming our health care system, it’s not really reform. In order to properly fix a societal wound, we as a society have to sting a little bit. If the problem is truly fixed, the mammoth health insurance industry isn’t going to simply be quiet about it.

Voters know that in order for health care to be fixed, there MUST be a public option.