Intellectually, the public option still makes a lot of sense as a bludgeon to the insurance comapnies. But the Finance Committee version still feels like the one that'll emerge victorious from this Darwinian struggle. It's going to annoy a lot of Democrats but they could wind up signing on to it anyway.
In any event, it's worth thinking of health care not as a one shot deal but as an ongoing process. Medicare is still being modified 40 years later. The idea that we'd get to universal care in one year--even if it's one big year--was always a little unrealistic.
This process will go on for awhile, into the fall. But the Finance Committee version still feels like the one to watch. And the question is not whether we get full health reform this year but if we get some of it or none at all.
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