Here's what is meant by the term moderate Republican. Senator Olympia Snowe, in an AP interview:
"PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Sen. Olympia Snowe, a key figure in shaping federal health care legislation, said Monday that a government-run plan that would take effect if the private insurance market fails to deliver affordable coverage could bridge the partisan divide that threatens to derail President Barack Obama's efforts to reform the system."
In other words, a plan that would only take effect at some distant future date, when everyone in Congress agreed that private insurers had failed. Since insurers already have failed to give us adequate care, and the Republicans won't agree to that now, let me restate that: in other words, never.
"If you establish a public option at the forefront that goes head-to-head and competes with the private health insurance market ... the public option will have significant price advantages," she said."
And, since preserving the profits of insurance companies is obviously the first, last and only measure of whether health care reform can be considered a success, well, then....
Face the facts. We are going to get one of two things: decent, affordable medical care, or happy Republicans.
Take your pick.