Last week, Mike Ross said he opposed a public option because his constituents did:
"I have been skeptical about the public health insurance option from the beginning and used August to get feedback from you, my constituents," he wrote in a statement his office released publicly. "An overwhelming number of you oppose a government-run health insurance option, and it is your feedback that has led me to oppose the public option as well."
Turns out Mike Ross’s constituents actually support a public option. Per a Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll of Arkansas residents:
Do you favor or oppose creating a government-administered health insurance option that anyone can purchase to compete with private insurance plans?
Favor Oppose Not Sure
All 55 38 7
Dem 81 14 5
Rep 22 71 7
Ind 56 34 10
There are 4 congressional districts in the state — Mike Ross’s is the second most Democratic. So the likelihood that all the "opposed" are clustered in his district is pretty much nil.
Maybe Ross means his other constituents, the lobbyists from the medical industrial complex.