As I said weeks ago, if we don't get the public option, we need something that gives us pretty much the same thing. To wit:
The new system must be a big, strong, national plan, with guaranteed funding and protection so that everyone knows it will always be there. It must be designed and run by reformers so the insurers can’t sabotage it. It also requires either a compensation pool, or a ban against insurers denying or dumping customers, or both, to prevent adverse selection. It would be designed by government people, but eventually run by a board paid for from the plan’s own funds, to shut up the “get big gummint outta mah health care” people.