With reconciliation negotiations under dispute, four Senate Democrats are now proposing that the bill contain the infamous "Public Option". Senate Democrats write to ask Reid to reintroduce healthcare public option - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room This has always been something that has been looked at favorably by most Americans. At some points in 2009, the Public Option was actually more popular than Health Care Reform itself. According to a poll sourced on the Digital Journal in December of last year, registered Democrats would support a Health Care bill with a Public Option or Medicare buy-in by 88% and Independents by 57%. Poll: Voters don't want health care reform without Public Option Lastly, in reconciliation you can pass the bill with the simple majority of 51 votes. With 58 Democrats in the Senate, they still maintain enough votes to pass the bill. Ironically, Democrats always maintained enough votes to pass a bill with a regular majority if it wasn't for the threat of a filibuster... and still do. What's to come is anyone's guess? But it does look as if we may get the Public Option after all.