Senate Public Option Reconciliation Scoreboard

November 12, 2009 | Last updated: July 31, 2020

The prospects for a public option — a government-run insurance plan to compete with private insurers — appeared dim after Senate Democrats decided they could not muster the necessary 60 votes and passed a health care reform bill without one. But recently, the public option has shown signs of life, as an increasing number of Democratic senators have pledged to support passage of a bill with a public option through budget reconciliation rules, which would require only 50 votes. This scoreboard, updated daily, can serve as your one-stop shop for senators’ stances on a public plan — in their own words. It contains senators’ opinions on both the public option itself and the strategy of passing it through reconciliation. Stop back daily for the latest news.

On the Fence Likely Supporters Likely Opponents
19 36 45
Click on the numbers in the scoreboard for the lists of senators in each category, including key quotes on their positions and background information that helps explain their perspectives.

Thanks to Julissa Treviño for her tireless work in compiling this scoreboard.