The Congressional Budget Office just "scored" the House plan with a robust public option, and found that it will cost $871 bil over 10 years, will cover 96% of people, is paid for, and, get this, will reduce the deficit.
So Walt, will you vote for it now? It seems to satisfy virtually everything you've said you want.
Yes, it does compete with private plans, but somebody should since they don't compete with each other.
I think this leaves Walt pretty exposed. "A shorn little sheep, shivering in the breeze." If he won't vote for the bill now, he never will. And if not, he obviously has other priorities than saving money, helping Americans get health care, and reducing the deficit.