Public Option: very quick update
We lost one battle: the awful Baucus-Grassley health reform bill passed the Senate Finance committee. It's the "base bill" for the Senate now. Hopefully many pieces of the far superior HELP bill will make it into the final legislation. Overall we're still in a good position, and the public option still has better-than-even odds. Unfortunately, chances are high that at least some poison from the Baucus-Grassley idiocy will get into the final legislation.
Hopefully, the calls we made over the past few weeks have influenced our Senators to fight harder to remove as much of that poison as possible from the Senate's final bill, and the calls and donations we made before that have influenced House progressives
to stick to their guns and block anything from the Senate that doesn't have a public option.