After speaking with more politicians than I care to really think about, I am convinced that congress cannot effectively pass good healthcare legislation. They simply do not have the ability to do so. Perhaps if two-term limits were in place, things would be different, but that is an entirely different discussion. Speaker Pelosi is now saying, as some of her colleagues have earlier in the House, that without a public option, a health bill WILL NOT pass the House.
Here's the problem. The Senate is faced with a much tougher problem, particularly from a certain group of Democrats who are, at this point, opposed to a public option. This is why the "Gang of Six" are still in session. What's funny is that many people are blaming Republicans, and to be sure, they have not played nicely in this debate, but it is the blue dog democrats who are going to run this bill into the ground.
What good is having a majority, if the majority won't follow you.